Unused AKIRA Concept Art Featuring Kaneda & Cityscapes Of New Manhattan

Warner Bros. has tried numerous times to make a live-action remake of Katsuhiro Ohtomo's Akira, so at this time I don't know which incarnation these are for. What I can tell you is that it was created by Brazilian artist, Rodolfo Damaggio. Check it out!

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By nailbiter111 - 11/22/2012


Just a year ago, Warner Bros. live-action take on Akira, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), appeared to be moving forward, but several concerns arose that lead to the project being shutdown indefinitely. That version would've been directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan), but he isn't the only director to take a crack at Akira. Before Jaume, there was Albert Hughes (Book Of Eli & From Hell) and even Irish short film director, Ruairi Robinson.

Even though WB has been unsuccessful with their live-action version we at least have some concept art from the defunct project. These new images that have surfaced on Rodolfo Damaggio's ((Hulk, Iron Man, & Green Lantern) website give us a much better idea of the look of the film, whichever version it was for. There are a trio of cityscapes depicting "New Manhattan" and one of the film's protagonist, Kaneda. Enjoy!











Source: crunchyroll
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NostalgicYouth - 11/22/2012, 9:22 AM
So apparently the "Neo-Manhattan" becomes a highly captilized city.
Joker1Zero - 11/22/2012, 9:24 AM
Not bad
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/22/2012, 9:26 AM
this really could have been a wonderful film
jimoakley666 - 11/22/2012, 9:39 AM
Looks good. Could have been great.
Ancar - 11/22/2012, 9:41 AM
Change the movie's title and go ahead!
nailbiter111 - 11/22/2012, 9:42 AM
am i crazy or did everyone have negative comments about this UNTIL it was cancelled? did concept art really change the perception of this remake? amazing what art can do. lol
FightAs0ne - 11/22/2012, 9:43 AM
Good art, still bad casting.
FightAs0ne - 11/22/2012, 9:44 AM
@nailbiter111 My negative comments still remain believe me lol. Good art doesn't equal good movie
jazzman - 11/22/2012, 9:58 AM
glad this movie aint happening
zemus - 11/22/2012, 10:12 AM
Darren Aronofsky or this should not be made.
RobLiefeldFan - 11/22/2012, 10:24 AM
aww a nintendo sign on the 3rd picture that must be paying homage to japan i think it should have been made with leonardo di caprio as kaneda and shia lebouf as tetsuo or maybe even kristen stewart[as much as i hate her] or another upcoming actress but it would be better if they got japanese actors seriously as someone who just started getting into anime last year i dont imagine anime characters as Caucasian but rather asian like i cant imagine a white-boy naruto yuck!!!!!
RobLiefeldFan - 11/22/2012, 10:26 AM
@nailbiter111 good post good job
novaprime - 11/22/2012, 10:28 AM
Cooollll
UltimaRex - 11/22/2012, 10:46 AM
Hmm...

Still no.

Sorry.
ScabbyJ - 11/22/2012, 11:24 AM
The only thing Akira looking are the red jacket and the light trails from the tail lights
KidGoku - 11/22/2012, 11:54 AM
I feel guilty that this was cancelled. It looked very good.
ArtisticErotic - 11/22/2012, 12:00 PM
I'm happy this was cancelled, a classic is a classic and does not need to be remade etc.
sciencefriction - 11/22/2012, 12:10 PM
It still looks lame to me. I don't see why the movie needs to be remade in the first place.
Bojac - 11/22/2012, 12:17 PM
nailbiter111 - 11/22/2012, 12:27 PM
Bojac - that's hilarious
StarSpangledBruce - 11/22/2012, 1:01 PM
Awesome.

Parker2017 - 11/22/2012, 1:57 PM
honestly NailBiter111 I Was excited when Latino did a few reviews on the different scripts one was very faithful and got me interested in akria, I loved the idea of a half Japanese cast & American Cast. Neo-Manhattan looks beautiful and how I pictured it and felt it could of stand on it's own.

Turn around's of Keneda's costuem look amazing and dead on acturate and well looks awesome.
skidz - 11/22/2012, 2:08 PM
It doesn't matter how high quality the story or concept art is, casting that weak would've screwed up the entire movie.
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/22/2012, 6:16 PM
kill it! burn it with fire!
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/22/2012, 6:16 PM
old man kaneda....
GetsugaTensho22 - 11/23/2012, 1:28 AM
I was always going to support this movie. The Japanese-ness was never important! what IS important is to portray the Horrors of science and Cyber=Punk. For aesthetic purposes, they could easily make it like Firefly, where both American and Oriental cultures fused.

I just hope that if it ever does get made, they change that last quarter of the movie, with the Giant...thing at the end.
SunfireUrA55 - 11/23/2012, 5:57 AM
Hey it's the white wash movie called "FRED."
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 11/23/2012, 7:23 PM
GetsugaTensho22. the importance of japan being already post nuclear is very prevalent in the plot, if it is to be a live action adaptation of the anime and not just loosely based on it, it should be done in Japan.

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