We don’t often cover short films for over a year in advance, but Ruairi Robinson made the great short The Silent City and was attached to the live-action Akira remake, so when concept video cropped up for a new film of his in late 2009, we noticed. That film turns out to be the short Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a kid whose family has some problems. He gets the latest robot family helper, Blinky, for Chrismas, but that doesn’t solve all his issues. In fact, it doesn’t solve any of them. The full short is after the break. Read More »


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One of the high-rated scripts on the recently-released Brit List was Clive Dawson‘s The Animators, which deals with “a crew of astronauts picked off one by one by a malevolent force.” Now the script is moving into production with acclaimed short filmmaker Ruairi Robinson directing. Read More »

A year ago we posted a concept video for a project called Bad Robot. The footage had an odd robot, sort of R2D2 by way of Pixar, dancing around for a few seconds. The director was Ruairi Robinson, who made the good short film The Silent City, embedded in the concept video link above, and was once attached to the live-action Akira.

Bad Robot hasn’t been heard from in a year. But there’s been a film called Blinky on Mr. Robinson’s IMDB page for some time. Turns out the two are one and the same. (No surprise on the name change, given that ‘bad robot’ is fully in use by JJ Abrams.) Now there’s a teaser trailer for Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a boy whose robot best friend might not turn out to be 100% safe. This might turn out to be a fun film – check out the footage after the break. Read More »

VOTD: Bad Robot Concept Animation Teaser


You might know the name Ruairi Robinson; if you don’t I’m betting you will very soon. Robinson made the cool short film The Silent City (which I’ve embedded below) and was the guy tapped to direct the live-action Akira. I’m not sure whether he’s still attached to that film, which was recently said to be not as dead as once reported. Regardless, Robinson is now working to finish a film called Bad Robot, and the teaser concept video now floating around the interwebs suggests it could be a lot of fun. Check it out after the break. Read More »

WB’s Live-Action Akira Remake Is Dead?


The live-action adaptation of the classic anime Akira is dead, according to a report from Bloody Disgusting. The film has been in the hands of Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way for some time, and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) has been working to crack the script. The plan, reportedly, was to craft two films in order to preserve the scope of the massive manga by Katsuhiro Otomo (who co-wrote and directed the anime, as well) with Ruairi Robinson directing. But Robinson is now said to be off the project, which is also ‘dead as a doornail’. Read More »


What a strange day for Warner Bros. First, rumors explode today that they’re giving the heave-ho to Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and now word arrives that they’ve greenlit two ambitious live-action films based on the landmark Japanese manga and anime Akira, with Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way producing. Mere rumor is he may star as the lead character, Kaneda, in the franchise, which will be set in New Manhattan, “a new metropolis rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years earlier.” The first film is being fast tracked for summer 2009.

After months of speculation, young Irish director Ruairi Robinson (pronounced Raw-Ree) will direct. We’ve included two of his rather violent, trippy, head-shot lovin’ short films, Fifty Percent Grey and The Silent City, below, so as for you to get acquainted. Variety reports that the filmmakers pitched the flicks as “Blade Runner meets City of God,” which is a modestly fitting description for the 1988 film, a kinetic, dystopian vision where young motorcycle gangs roam Neo-Tokyo (rather than New Manhattan) post-nuclear war and all hell breaks loose when one is exposed to a government experiment, thus gaining menacing powers.

Update: AICN reports that Joseph Gordon Levitt has been cast in the role Tetsuo, the motorcycle gang member who develops aforementioned menacing psychokinetic powers. They also report as if Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely a lock for the lead character of Kaneda.

The films will be adapted from creator Katsuhiro Otomo‘s six volume manga, which provides far more storyline, characters and franchise potential than the classic anime adaptation alone. This news has been a long time coming, so it’s cool to see how inspired and charged-up it is, especially with Robinson’s involvement. I’m not too big on remaking old visions of the world’s future, but it’s Akira, so hey, it’s an exception. View his short films after the jump.

The Silent City

Fifty Percent Grey

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