|Akira concept art by Ray Lai|
The classic 1988 Japanese film Akira is a classic and Hollywood has been working for years to make a live-action version. After the live-action Akira movie went into "developement hell" several concept artists have shown work from the film that show what it could have been like. Artists like Sylvain Despretz, Tommy Lee Edwards, Howard Lau and Chris Weston. One more artist that has shared his designs is Ray Lai. Lai is a professional concept artist who's worked on big budget films like RoboCop (2014), Watchmen (2009) and X2 (2003)
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Portable Chip Scanner / Hacker
"The scanner was part of a new thing in this script version of the Akira society that I was working on... It played to one of the underground motivations of Kaneda's character." - Ray Lai
Here's what the pulse rifles looked like in Akira
Here's what the city looked like in the movie
See more of Ray Lai's marvelous portfolio at http://www.raygun.ca
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen the manga Akira what do you think of the designs?
Official Akira Summary
"Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel. Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers. Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago."
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