New AKIRA Storyboards Featuring Tetsuo & The Cryogenic Chamber

Artist Chris Weston has uploaded new storyboards from Warner Bros. live-action remake of Akira. The artwork was created while Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli ) was attached to direct.

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The Hughes brothers usually co-direct, such as Johnny Depp's Jack The Ripper film, From Hell, but for Akira Albert was going solo. His biggest challenge was adapting Katsuhiro Ohtomo's legendary work into a PG-13 format, which was a mandate set down by Warner Bros.' executives. But in May of 2011 Albert walked away from the project, because of amicable creative differences.

So far a live-action Akira has been one hell of a tough nut to crack. Even directors Ruairi Robinson and recently Jaume Collet-Serra, were attached, but they too were unsuccessful.


"Here's some of the storyboards I drew for Albert Hughes' live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic graphic novel,"Akira". Here's a few of them; hopefully they reveal just how much love we had for the source material and how faithful we were going to be to it. " - Chris Weston


Chris Weston's AKIRA Storyboards





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Chris Weston previously worked with Albert Hughes and his brother Allen on their film The Book of Eli , which starred Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.



Source: Chris Weston
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Supes17 - 9/12/2012, 5:19 PM
Holy shit this is actually very close to the anime film
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/12/2012, 5:24 PM
Chris Weston: another Judge Dredd artist.
Vapes - 9/12/2012, 5:26 PM
Americanization notwithstanding, these storyboards are dead on the money for how this movie should look.

It might've actually been good.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 9/12/2012, 5:45 PM
I like what I see :D
CP - 9/12/2012, 5:57 PM
Eh. I want to like it, but I just can't.
thetrojan - 9/12/2012, 6:06 PM
It does look very close .
wow!
StarSpangledBruce - 9/12/2012, 6:25 PM
So beautiful...



Why did this have to be cancelled.
StarSpangledBruce - 9/12/2012, 6:41 PM
@grif

You can't form an absolute opinion on something that was cancelled.
Project8501 - 9/12/2012, 7:29 PM
PG-13 requirement?
Lego - 9/12/2012, 8:00 PM
GOD DAMNIT I WANT THIS FILM!
nailbiter111 - 9/12/2012, 8:02 PM
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/12/2012, 8:28 PM
This movie looked amazing.
ZombieOverEasy - 9/12/2012, 8:43 PM
It's going to be the spiritual sequel to Dragonball: Evolution.
MovieTheaterLad - 9/12/2012, 9:37 PM
@ Thorgi

Was just about to say the EXACT same thing!
ScabbyJ - 9/12/2012, 10:11 PM
I'm okay with this not getting made with the team they chose. Just because concept art looks good does not mean the movie would have been good. Concept art is like 1/800 of the process of making a good film.
ScabbyJ - 9/12/2012, 10:14 PM
Case in point Green Lantern
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/12/2012, 10:56 PM
Im glad it didnt happen. I mean for gods sake it was going to be based in America and be PG-13. I think that should tell everything.
The sets could have been cool and everything but not every movie with cool sets are great.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/12/2012, 11:01 PM
Let Akira stay in Japan.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/12/2012, 11:01 PM
Where it belongs.
damntree - 9/12/2012, 11:08 PM
OH NOES it would have been based in America!!! [frick]ing muppet.
Fogs - 9/13/2012, 6:49 AM
[frick], this looks actually very good. Just with they didn't change so much of the original.
SkunkApe1 - 9/13/2012, 7:02 AM
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http://www.matus1976.com/akira_bike/index.html

He has been going it alone for a long time now, but thanks to the Kick Start foundation, he is working with a major custom motorcycle shop now.

Might see some Kaneda bikes for sale in the near future.
MovieTheaterLad - 9/13/2012, 7:48 AM
@AlexDelarge

Somebody hasn't seen Blade Runner!
Newbus - 9/13/2012, 10:42 AM
Great storyboards but this doesn't mean what you is what you get. And as its been shelved what we see wont what we're getting.
Ancar - 9/13/2012, 5:59 PM
Very good and very close to Otomo's work. But make the movie with american characters... NO WAY!!!
AlSimmons - 9/13/2012, 6:21 PM
Just give a whole bunch of cash to a Japanese studio so they can make a non-cheesey, live action version. Asian actors, Japanese studio, Japanese culture, and English subs. Tis all you need.

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