The Hughes brothers to helm live-action AKIRA

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 10th, 2010

This came out of nowhere.

According to Vulture, it looks as though Albert and Allen Hughes (the Hughes Brothers) are working on the final negotiations to give them the keys to the live action adaptation of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga, Akira.

Originally set to be directed by Ruairi Robinson as a two part film, the project was inevitably shelved due to the WGA strike and had since been reported as a dead project, with no one being able to bust out a new script.  Then last year, Leonardo DiCaprio and his Apian Way production company said that the project was indeed alive and kicking, but since have remained mum on the subject.

Penning the new script instead, are Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, best known for writing the script to the first IRON MAN film. Gary Whitta had previously been attached as screenwriter for the project. For those who don’t know, AKIRA follows a bike gang leader, Kaneda, who must save his friend, Tetsuo, from becoming a pawn in a secret government project, known as Akira. However, after confrontations with politicians, scientists, and the millitary, Tetsuo’s special supernatural powers are set off, sparking an all out battle to uncover just what AKIRA truly is.

So as the duo sign their names on the dotted line, the question is, are they the right fit? Is anyone for that matter the “right fit?” Personally, this is a remake that could be done well if put in the hands of a better filmmaker, say, a Neil Blomkamp.  It needs to be visually arresting, which the Hughes Brothers can do, but what made the anime so great, was the wholly original style, something the Hughes Brothers plainly just don’t have.  All in all, this isn’t horrible news, it just isn’t promising.

Editor’s Note: This article’s synopsis has been changed since going live.

Source: Vulture

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  • http://twitter.com/mynameis_shoe shoe

    Uh, love yall, but it doesn't follow Akira. It follows Kinaeda and Tetsuo. Akira is more of a MacGuffin than anything else.
    I look forward to hearing more about this project as it comes to fruition. Keep up the news!

  • http://twitter.com/mynameis_shoe shoe

    Uh, love yall, but it doesn't follow Akira. It follows Kinaeda and Tetsuo. Akira is more of a MacGuffin than anything else.
    I look forward to hearing more about this project as it comes to fruition. Keep up the news!

  • Josh Brunsting

    Oh, that is indeed true. Sorry about the mix up, I mis read the news post. I believe that the plot I talked about was for the new film, and not the original. I could be wrong though.

    Sorry about that! :)

  • http://twitter.com/mynameis_shoe shoe

    wow. if that's true then i think a lot of people would be pretty upset. hopefully they won't underestimate the audience.
    i agree that neill blomkamp would be a better choice. maybe he'll do ghost in the shell or evangelion? he would do a great job adapting an anime to live action. let's hope that happens.

  • http://twitter.com/mynameis_shoe shoe

    wow. if that's true then i think a lot of people would be pretty upset. hopefully they won't underestimate the audience.
    i agree that neill blomkamp would be a better choice. maybe he'll do ghost in the shell or evangelion? he would do a great job adapting an anime to live action. let's hope that happens.

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