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The Hughes brothers in talks to direct live-action Akira

02.10.2010

Someone at Warner Bros. must have really liked THE BOOK OF ELI, because according to Vulture, the studio is looking at its directors, the Hughes brothers, to helm the apparently not dead live-action remake of AKIRA. Ohhh boy.

The film has been in development limbo for quite some time, and so a significant move forward like this is a pretty big surprise. There is a script already, written by IRON MAN’s Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and at one point you’ll remember Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the project. He still is, in a way, as his company, Appian Way, is producing, but I wouldn’t be holding out hope for him to star.

I’m going to throw it out there that I think this is a pretty terrible idea, as ELI completely underwhelmed me, and the Hughes’ last feature before that was the eh-it’s-alright FROM HELL wayyyy back in 2001. I think that one of the best animated films ever made deserves a bit more talent involved, and I don’t think Team Hughes is up to job. This project seems much more suited to someone like Zach Snyder or the Wachowskis, and I’m very skeptical of what this iteration will bring if the Hughes deal is finalized.

In addition to this news, the studio is also saying they’re going to cut the movie in half, as it’s quite difficult to cram a 2,182 page novel into one film, and the first part would be due out sometime next year.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on all this.

Extra Tidbit: I actually think this is one live-action adaptation that could be pretty cool, but not like this.
Source: Vulture

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7:36PM on 02/11/2010
I'm as much of a fan of AKIRA as anybody. Simply put, a condensed, Americanized version should not be made. Period.

THAT being said, I don't understand the straight up HATE for the Hughes Bros. Dead Presidents and Menace II Society are dope, From Hell and Eli had its moments. "This project seems more suited to someone like Zack Snyder..."
No. Watchmen was a doo doo film (Malin Akerman's performance, the overtly sexual and poorly shot sex scene, the slo-mo, fast-mo, then back to slo-mo
I'm as much of a fan of AKIRA as anybody. Simply put, a condensed, Americanized version should not be made. Period.

THAT being said, I don't understand the straight up HATE for the Hughes Bros. Dead Presidents and Menace II Society are dope, From Hell and Eli had its moments. "This project seems more suited to someone like Zack Snyder..."
No. Watchmen was a doo doo film (Malin Akerman's performance, the overtly sexual and poorly shot sex scene, the slo-mo, fast-mo, then back to slo-mo action sequences).

Wachowski's be dope (let's pretend Matrix 3 never existed)...
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12:51PM on 02/11/2010

Nolan/Bay/Spielberg

They should take a Nolan Script, directed by Bay and produced by Spielberg!! This anime is way to good to be directed by Huges.
They should take a Nolan Script, directed by Bay and produced by Spielberg!! This anime is way to good to be directed by Huges.
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9:44AM on 02/11/2010
Wow, I actually REALLY liked the way they did From Hell. I think the Hughes Bros are a very talented team. I thought Book of Eli definitely fell flat, and I am in agreement with a poster from below. Though Book of Eli was a miss for me, I'm down to see anything they do next.
Wow, I actually REALLY liked the way they did From Hell. I think the Hughes Bros are a very talented team. I thought Book of Eli definitely fell flat, and I am in agreement with a poster from below. Though Book of Eli was a miss for me, I'm down to see anything they do next.
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7:41AM on 02/11/2010

well...

as an Akira fan, i´m actually torn on this one. the fan in me is saying KEEP AWAY FROM THIS, RUN, RUUUUUUUUUUUN, but ont the other hand, the movie buff in me says, what if they could actually pull this off? what if?
so, i´m going to wait ´till there´s more on this...
as an Akira fan, i´m actually torn on this one. the fan in me is saying KEEP AWAY FROM THIS, RUN, RUUUUUUUUUUUN, but ont the other hand, the movie buff in me says, what if they could actually pull this off? what if?
so, i´m going to wait ´till there´s more on this...
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10:49PM on 02/10/2010

idk

definitely a bad move,but if a bad move is their goal then yeah,this is how it's done.
definitely a bad move,but if a bad move is their goal then yeah,this is how it's done.
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7:29PM on 02/10/2010

Hmmmm

I wonder if they'll actually have an Asian cast...The film uses the bombing of Japan in WWII as it's branch from our timeline...kinda loses it's meaning if the leader of the biker gang is Shia LeBouf.
I wonder if they'll actually have an Asian cast...The film uses the bombing of Japan in WWII as it's branch from our timeline...kinda loses it's meaning if the leader of the biker gang is Shia LeBouf.
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5:26PM on 02/10/2010

fuck that.

FUCK THAT
FUCK THAT
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5:25PM on 02/10/2010

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5:24PM on 02/10/2010
This is going to be a disaster.
This is going to be a disaster.
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4:47PM on 02/10/2010
David Cronenberg should direct this.
David Cronenberg should direct this.
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3:55PM on 02/10/2010

Am I the only one...

I actually like From Hell. Eli was a snoozefest. I just wonder if the Hughes Bros actually understand Akira...
I actually like From Hell. Eli was a snoozefest. I just wonder if the Hughes Bros actually understand Akira...
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4:45PM on 02/10/2010
i was just thinking the same thing. are the bros intelligent enough to pull off the level of cerebral complexity this story has it's roots in.
i was just thinking the same thing. are the bros intelligent enough to pull off the level of cerebral complexity this story has it's roots in.
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3:30PM on 02/10/2010

Please no

Why? Why do this to us? Why? I just don't understand. No one wants this. No one is interested in the Hughes Bros. No one is interested in a boring version of an amazing anime. Just leave it alone.

If Hollywood isn't going to leave Akira alone then go big or go home. Take a huge risk and make something special. Something really fucking special. Otherwise don't waste our time with these god awful rumours and pointless retelling.
Why? Why do this to us? Why? I just don't understand. No one wants this. No one is interested in the Hughes Bros. No one is interested in a boring version of an amazing anime. Just leave it alone.

If Hollywood isn't going to leave Akira alone then go big or go home. Take a huge risk and make something special. Something really fucking special. Otherwise don't waste our time with these god awful rumours and pointless retelling.
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3:28PM on 02/10/2010

lame.

they could find better. give it to nolan after batman.
they could find better. give it to nolan after batman.
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5:09PM on 02/10/2010
because Nolan has expressed such a desire to direct this movie. I'm sure he wants nothing more than to only do comic/fanboy movies simply because said fanboys have a limited scope and once a person is succesful with one property they want them to direct every single other comparable property.
because Nolan has expressed such a desire to direct this movie. I'm sure he wants nothing more than to only do comic/fanboy movies simply because said fanboys have a limited scope and once a person is succesful with one property they want them to direct every single other comparable property.
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3:28PM on 02/10/2010
Eh... I don't know a lot about Akira, but I wouldn't completely trash The Hughes Brothers. The Book of Eli was definitely a misfire, but occasionally visually stimulating. From Hell had it's moments. But Menace II Society and Dead Presidents rank up there with some of the best films of the 90's. Although making the best "hood" movie ever doesn't necessarily put you at the top of a list for Akira, I do think they deserve some credit for that.
Eh... I don't know a lot about Akira, but I wouldn't completely trash The Hughes Brothers. The Book of Eli was definitely a misfire, but occasionally visually stimulating. From Hell had it's moments. But Menace II Society and Dead Presidents rank up there with some of the best films of the 90's. Although making the best "hood" movie ever doesn't necessarily put you at the top of a list for Akira, I do think they deserve some credit for that.
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7:09PM on 02/10/2010
I totally agree with u dude!
I totally agree with u dude!
11:40PM on 02/10/2010
also, Neo-Tokyo is a pretty crazy place with biker gangs, violence, and poverty. maybe the Hughes Bros can bring some new elements to the setting.
also, Neo-Tokyo is a pretty crazy place with biker gangs, violence, and poverty. maybe the Hughes Bros can bring some new elements to the setting.
2:33PM on 02/10/2010
Ah, shit...
M. Night looks like he could handle adapting an anime.
I think the Wachowski Brothers are the best bet here though. Way better than these brothers. I wish producers paid attention to joblo.com user ratings on articles like these.
Ah, shit...
M. Night looks like he could handle adapting an anime.
I think the Wachowski Brothers are the best bet here though. Way better than these brothers. I wish producers paid attention to joblo.com user ratings on articles like these.
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7:09PM on 02/10/2010
Couldn't disagree more. I'd be okay with the Wachowski's never working again, in fact.

Every movie they've made since the first Matrix has only gone to prove that they had little to nothing to do with that flick's story/script.

Give Akira to someone who respects the original material enough to do it the justice it deserves.
Couldn't disagree more. I'd be okay with the Wachowski's never working again, in fact.

Every movie they've made since the first Matrix has only gone to prove that they had little to nothing to do with that flick's story/script.

Give Akira to someone who respects the original material enough to do it the justice it deserves.
2:31PM on 02/10/2010
i dont think the Hughes Brothers can pull it off, i didnt like From Hell and i thought Book of Eli was boring and preachy. I agree with Snyder or the Wachowskis or even someone who is good stretching a dollar with green screen like Robert Rodriguez. i also dont think the American public would get behind it, the movie would have to be at least 3 hours. As much as i loved Grindhouse and Watchmen i know that the general american audience doesnt have the patience to sit through it.
i dont think the Hughes Brothers can pull it off, i didnt like From Hell and i thought Book of Eli was boring and preachy. I agree with Snyder or the Wachowskis or even someone who is good stretching a dollar with green screen like Robert Rodriguez. i also dont think the American public would get behind it, the movie would have to be at least 3 hours. As much as i loved Grindhouse and Watchmen i know that the general american audience doesnt have the patience to sit through it.
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2:30PM on 02/10/2010

From Hell * Book of Eli...

Sucked.
Sucked.
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2:00PM on 02/10/2010

Fuck...

this shit.
this shit.
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