Stunning Concept Art for Ruairi Robinson's Live-Action 'Akira' Movie
by Alex Billington
May 30, 2014
"Tetsuoooo!!" Anime fans must see this. This is what one version of the live-action Akira movie might've looked like, if it had been made. Thanks to a tip from a friend we've discovered a stash of concept art from director Ruairi Robinson on his own site for the version of Akira he developed at WB while he was attached back in 2009. He later went on to direct the lackluster sci-fi Last Days on Mars as his first feature. There's over 10 beautiful pieces of art, some costume shots and of course the motorcycles and New Tokyo, plus even a few storyboards for referencing scenes, too. This actually looks like it would've been awesome, there's even a sketch of what looks very much like Chris Evans as Kaneda, plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I love that poster-style shot in the middle, of Kaneda on his red bike. This is an impressive take, at least presented in concept art form, and I still hope that one day the Akira movie will be made and it's awesome. The hints in this concept art show that his world was gritty and neon, but still violent. While it does look a bit polished, the imagery looks cool on paper and I would love to see it in action. I wonder if Ruairi made a short sizzle reel for them as well? I would love to see that, too. Ruairi Robinson's filmography includes that fantastic robot short Blinky™ and the sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, but the title on his website says "Ruairi Robinson for rent." Must be looking for more work, I hope he finds it. For now, the Akira movie remains stuck in development, but it's still exciting to get a glimpse at what one version would've looked like. Cool?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
I hope it's made too.
OfficialJab on May 30, 2014
I like JGL and Chris Evans as Tetuso and Kaneda. Akira is one of the best animes I have ever seen. I believe a live action movie is completely possible. if it has to be done with white people I say go with JGL Evans. But the names.cannot be changed! Tetusooooo! And Kanedaaaaaaa! Are essential names.
Xerxexx on May 30, 2014
I`m not sure about Chris Evans as Kaneda. The hystericalness of his shouts and facial expressions call for a asian actor I think. Chris Evans may be too masculine and too huge for this role.
ErrorSapiens on May 31, 2014
One can dream.
Xerxexx on May 31, 2014
Ive been so skeptical of this project, especially with how in and out its been for the past few year, and especially being made with amercan actors, but man, if this concept art s any indication of the quality of the movie, I will see it in a heartbeat. I love the source material, lets hope all this delay has been worth it.
jay on May 30, 2014
WB shud let Neill Blomkamp direct it. I don't care if the leads are white/black/yellow, as long as they are teens.
Tey on May 31, 2014
No way. Elysium was garbage. Blomkamp is a one trick pony.
Kurosawa on May 31, 2014
This, Ghost in the shell, Logans run... make it happen and stop with the nonsens remakes of cult classics.
Armitall on May 31, 2014
I don't think there's anyone better than DeHaan to play Tetsuo..
Ludo_88 on May 31, 2014
Sure there is, you just have to do some extensive casting.
axalon on May 31, 2014
not worth it
Ludo_88 on May 31, 2014
Completely worth it to find the right person. DeHaan already had his turn at this type of character. There are thousands of good actors out there. No need to keep reusing the same ones. For all you know you could find someone better than DeHaan for the part.
axalon on Jun 1, 2014
Precisely for having had his turn already. I haven't seen the Amazing Spiderman 2 (doesn't look too promising for him though) but from what I saw in Chronicle, he showcased exactly what I expect to see in Tetsuo. But we have two opposite opinions. You think one take is already enough, where I don't...
Ludo_88 on Jun 1, 2014
They kinda did that with him in Chronicle tho. He has the forehead for it for sure.
Michael Weiss on Jun 20, 2014
An Akira movie would be a huge B.O. flop domestically, which is the only significant market for film distributors. Not going to happen.
Jmeston on Jun 1, 2014
Personally, I have nothing against Asian actors for the role either. Moreover, I believe that it might have worked if they had not Americanized it.
Film Cutting on Jun 3, 2014
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