|Akira (2009) concept art and storyboards by Ruairí Robinson|
One of the more controversial projects over the last few years was the American live-action adaptation of the Japanese Manga film Akira. Back in 2007, Warner Brothers was planning to have Irish Oscar nominee Ruairi Robinson direct the a two picture version of the Akira animated movie. An Akira movie by Ruairí Robinson would have been fascinating and recently he posted artwork on his website showing what it would have been like.
I've already shared concept art for the film by Tommy Lee Edwards, Rodolfo DaMaggio, Chris Weston, Jeff Enrico and Sylvain Despretz but here's a bunch more Ruairí posted on his site.
Ruairí Robinson is a professional director on science-fiction short films and animations like BlinkyTM (2011) and The Last Days on Mars (2013) while Daniel Simon, Scott Lukowski, Rodolfo Damaggio, James Clyne, Aaron Beck and Charlie Wen are professional concept and storyboard artists.
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See more of the artists portfolio's below:
- Ruairí Robinson http://www.ruairirobinson.com
- Daniel Simon http://danielsimon.com
- Scott Lukowski http://www.scottlukowski.com
- Rodolfo Damaggio http://damaggio.com
- James Clyne http://www.jamesclyne.com/
- Aaron Beck http://skul4aface.blogspot.com
- Charlie Wen http://charliewen.typepad.com
- Christian Pearce http://christianpearce.blogspot.com/
What do you think of the concept art and storyboards? If you've seen Akira what do you think of the idea behind the live-action Akira movie?
Official Akira Synopsis
The year is 2019, 31 years after Tokyo was destroyed by a top secret weapons project during World War III. Now, Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo's darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo's powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him! Nothing can stop the destructive forces that Tetsuo wields except possibly the last boy to destroy Tokyo - Akira!
Directed by Ruairí Robinson
Planned Release Date: 2009
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