Albert Hughes won’t direct live-action Akira remake

Something about creative differences


Oh dear, Warner Bros isn’t having much luck with its live-action Akira remake.

Hot on the heels of Keanu Reeves’ abandonment of the project, the film has just lost its director, Book Of Eli helmer Albert Hughes.

Deadline put Hughes’ departure down to creative differences, with speculation rife that Hughes grew weary over the studio’s inability to find suitable actors for the film’s lead roles.

With a range of actors like Andrew Garfield, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine and Zac Efron all shortlisted for the film, WB has clearly cast a wide net for its remake.

But it looks suspiciously like they don’t know exactly what they want from the film. Reeves was initially in place to play Kaneda, but he’s noticeably older than anybody else mentioned above.

Warner Bros is now looking for a replacement director for its two-part adaptation. You can bet they’ll be after David Yates now that he has put Harry Potter to bed (so to speak).

Meanwhile, there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between the studio and Hughes – apparently he’s planning on making another, as yet undisclosed, project with them in the near future.

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Think WB needs a strong creative force to tell them exactly what to do with Akira? Or is it time to drop a bomb on this troubled production? Talk to us below...


    • JimTheGreat

      May 27th 2011, 11:31

      Stop dicking around Warner Brothers. NOLAN!!!!

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    • ilikescifi

      May 27th 2011, 15:30

      hey George Lucas, you should do this film

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    • Ali1748

      May 27th 2011, 19:48

      Leave Akira alone !!!!!!!!

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    • Siban1982

      May 30th 2011, 15:58

      Creative differences all the way. No way is Akira going to get released with a 15 or 18 rating and it will severely be dumbed down for the general mob expecting Harry Potter on bikes. They should leave it alone but after god knows how many years of rumors, they simply can't, it will happen and it will be bloody awful. As for the lead - bound to be some cheese muffin listed above... another major put off (with exception to Garfield maybe but Efron can simply F-Off!).

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