Sunday, September 9, 2012

Opening Scene Storyboards For WB’s Live-Action AKIRA Remake

Originally posted 9/9/2012 @

Warner Bros. live-action version of Akira was shelved due to budget concerns. Now you can take a look at Jeffrey Errico’s unused storyboards for the opening title sequence.

For years Warner Bros. has unsuccessfully tried to adapt Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s Akira for a Hollywood. Last we knew, Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) was set to direct, and Garrett Hedlund was to play the lead role of Kaneda and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart was to play the female lead, Ky. Things fell apart as Warner Bros. wanted to give the film’s $90 million budget another $20 million haircut. Since then the film has been put on the shelf indefinitely. But we can at least check out these storyboards created by Jeffrey Errico, and watch the video below in order to compare the two. Enjoy!

Please keep in mind that these might not have been created for the Jaume Collet-Serra’s version of Akira, as there was two director’s attached to the project previously.


Remake’s Synopsis - 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.