Akira live-action

The development of a live-action adaptation of Akira is a story that has quite a few twists and turns, but is pretty simple to summarize: no one has been able to crack it. Warner Bros. and Appian Way have tried with a few different creative teams, most recently with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) set to make the movie. But WB wanted budget cuts, and it all fell apart.

Earlier this summer, however, development turned back on with Sons of Anarchy writer and Daredevil second season co-showrunner Marco J. Ramirez on hand to script. Now there’s a new Akira live-action rumor, that Warner Bros. is pushing for three films, and that Christopher Nolan is somehow involved. (Update: Or perhaps not; multiple sources have told me that Nolan has no part in this development.) Guess those budget cuts might not be as much of an issue now. Read More »


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Marco Ramirez has been hired to write a screenplay for a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s popular anime and six-volume manga story Akira. More details on the back-from-the-dead Akira adaptation after the jump.

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Craig Drake Solo Show II 8

Craig Drake‘s work can stop you in your tracks. Drake uses what feels like a bare minimum of elements to perfectly represent his subject in a striking and distinctive way. You might call it “minimalist,” but that would be a discredit to the energy contained in each piece.

In 2014, Drake had a very-well received solo show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. A few of the pieces even made my best of the year list. This year, the did a follow up show that contained even more beautiful work based on properties we all know and love. Stuff like Star Wars, Tron, Kill Bill, Akira, Pulp Fiction and more. Below, check out images from the latest Craig Drake Solo Show. Read More »

Raid 71 Bottleneck gallery- The Fisher King

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone takes a photo in terrible light. It’s dark, everything is quiet and then huge flash goes off. I think ” You just ruined that.”

Most people are blissfully ignorant to the importance of light in art, not just in photography, but anything visual. Which, I assume, is one of the reasons why artist Raid 71 is calling his latest solo show Illuminate. The pop culture art show features works from films like Blade Runner, Tron, The City of Lost Children, Akira, Mean Streets, Dark City, Midnight Cowboy, The Fisher King, Taxi Driver and more that focus on light, and light juxtaposed with architecture, in cinema. The show opens May 15 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and below you can see a bunch of art from the show. Read More »

Gary Whitta unproduced projects

This week, we’ve been running portions of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) as a five-part feature we’re calling “/Film’s Week Of Whitta.” Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened.

Today in the fourth part, Gary Whitta talks about the projects he’s worked on that have not made it to the big screen, which include the American live-action Akira movie, an Escape From New York reboot, a big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s popular MMORPG video game World of Warcraft. I also ask Whitta about the rumors that he may be working with Blizzard on a a Diablo or Starcraft project. I always love hearing about the movies that could have been, so for me this segment might be the most interesting. Read the Gary Whitta unproduced projects interview after the jump.

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Joshua Budich anime art

If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »

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Live action Akira trailer

Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 anime Akira is a classic. So, of course, Hollywood wants to remake it. However, the story is so sprawling and pessimistic, no one has been able to settle on a budget that would be financially feasible. Even some of the biggest stars in the world couldn’t make a live action Akira happen in the Hollywood system. Especially not with the respect for the story fans would demand.

Enter The Akira Project, a “crowd-sourced, non-profit project” that used IndieGoGo to make a full length fan trailer. Now, this is not for a movie, though the filmmakers would love to do that in the future. But it shows what passionate fans can do. Make a beautiful, faithful and respectful remake of a classic anime. Check out the live action Akira trailer below. Read More »

Mark Englert - Bioshock Reg Header

Another year, another glow in the dark art show at New York City’s Bottleneck Gallery. Last year’s event drew massive crowds, there to admire pop culture art made with glow in the dark inks, and this year should be more of the same.

When The Lights Go Out 2 opens Saturday March 22 and remains on display through April 9. As is the case with most group shows, a huge number of artists tackled a huge variety of properties. What makes this one different is every few minutes, the Bottleneck team turns off the regular lights and turns on a barrage of blacklights to show the treasures hidden in every single piece.

Below, we’ve got a bunch of work from the show including posters for Preacher, Akira, Spirited Away, Big Trouble in Little China, Despicable Me and They Live. Plus, we’re proud to exclusively debut popular artist Mark Englert‘s piece for the video game Bioshock. It’s a stunning work that must be seen to be believed (that’s just a taste above). Check it all out below. Read More »

Akira (Original)

Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any given time whether it’s on again, or off. But Jaume Collet-Serra hasn’t lost track, because he’s still planning to direct. In fact, it’ll “hopefully” be his next project.

Whether that’s good news or bad news for fans of the source material is another question. While Collet-Serra says he wants to be “respectful,” he’s not interested in being overly faithful. For one thing, he hopes to “bring strong characters” into the film because he doesn’t find any of the characters from the original to be interesting. Read his comments after the jump.

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