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Albert Hughes Exits "Akira"

by Sergio
May 26, 2011 8:32 AM
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It was just revealed that Albert Hughes has left the Warner Bros live action Akira project. According to sources, Hughes' departure was due to "an amicable creative differences parting of the way. "

It should be noted that those words are Hollyweirdspeak for a whole bunch of undisclosed reasons.

However Warner evidently holds no hard hard feelings for Albert Hughes since his and brother Allen's last project for the studio, The Book of Eli , was a big money maker for them, and they want to keep the relationship with brothers on good terms.

Also it doesn't hurt that current WB production chief Jeff Robinov is their former agent. Reportedly WB is looking for a new project for the brothers to work on as soon as possible, and the brothers will start looking at scripts as well.

However, Warner still intends to make their Akira movie, and is now looking or a new director.

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  • VichusSmith | May 27, 2011 3:44 AMReply

    I'm sorry to be so damn happy that the director walked. Throw this thing back into development hell from whence it came! You'd make more money reselling old Akira books. Get that "Neo New York" shit outta here!

  • eshowoman | May 27, 2011 3:09 AMReply

    If the cast is whitewashed and that was a sticking point, I applaud them for leaving. Didn't Hollywood learn anything from that Airbender twaddle? 36% of America and a whole lot of the world is non-white. Why cannot movies look like it?

  • MulletLove | May 27, 2011 2:58 AMReply

    I wonder what that's all about. Could it be that Mr. Hughes woke up one morning and realized just what he signed on for? This replacement white casting angle wasn't right from get-go, and tptb know it.

  • SayNay | May 26, 2011 11:40 AMReply

    It's really time to put this film on the shelf until it's being produced by someone who recognizes how this film should be done. It's really unfortunate because this could have been a great film with an Asian American cast or at the very least Asian American leads. Universal should try to take this off of Warner's hands since they are doing so well with the Fast franchise they might able to do something with this too.

  • Zeus | May 26, 2011 11:22 AMReply

    So glad they are smart enough (unlike M. Night) to gt off this creative cluster fuck before their careers take a hit.

  • James Madison | May 26, 2011 10:36 AMReply

    I agree with Neziah. If rumors are to be believed, Akira was not out of the gate and stumbling. It is better that the Hughes Bros. be far and away from it, if things are out of order.

    I look forward to more original ideas from them.

  • Neziah | May 26, 2011 9:03 AMReply

    Very smart decision, let Hollywood ruin the Akira adaption themselves, the brothers don't deserve to be bashed because of Hollywood's whitewashing, so I'm glad they left, and I'm glad they're going to a different project, hopefully one with a lot more potential.

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