We weren't exactly distraught to see the live-action remake of Akira stall out, but that doesn't mean that there weren't some lovely development materials associated with the film. Cartoonist Chris Weston has released several of the storyboards he created with exited Akira director Albert Hughes, and they are quite beautiful.
After some of his storyboards were leaked, Weston, whose comic credits include Judge Dredd, The Invisibles, and The Filth, released several on his own, with the missive:
Here's some of the storyboards I drew for Albert Hughes' live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic graphic novel,"Akira". Here's a few of them; hopefully they reveal just how much love we had for the source material and how faithful we were going to be to it.
We've seen other unused Akira storyboards, but they didn't reveal much of the proposed film's visual tone. Weston, by taking us inside the Espers' living quarters and showing off his view of Neo-Manhattan, offer a clearer picture of what Hughes may have had in mind. A pretty storyboard doesn't necessarily make for a great movie, but there's certainly a striking vision of Akira running through Weston's head.