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Albert Hughes leaves AKIRA

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 26th, 2011


Finally. At least someone behind this film’s production appears to have gotten their head together, and found out the best place to be as a part of this film is somewhere far, far away from it.

Deadline is reporting that director Albert Hughes, one half of the Hughes Brothers and the man behind the camera for the long-talked about AKIRA remake, has left that very project, citing “creative differences” as the reason for his departure.

However, the studio, WB, is still hellbent on getting the film made, and have subsequently put the film on the fast track, despite having no one at the helm. WB is sending the film back out to the list of actors that they originally wanted for the leads, such as Robert Pattinson and James McAvoy for Tetsuo and Michael Fassbender and Chris Pine for Kaneda (among others for both roles).

Personally, I said it once, and I’ll say it again, this really just doesn’t seem like an intriguing story to weave here. They are moving the film to New Manhattan, likely to make the film easier to cast for money-hungry studio executives, but despite the new location, I frankly don’t understand why the hell this is being made. The animated film is so damn good, and the manga is equally as readable, so sometimes I really just don’t get Hollywood. But hey, things appear to be all hands on deck for this thing, despite having no one to steer the ship. This can’t be good.

What do you think?

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