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Ranked: Our Favorite Directing Duos From Best To Worst

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 12, 2014 4:03 PM
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Best Directing Duos
This weekend comedy sequel “22 Jump Street” hits theaters, on a wave of goodwill and giggly advance reviews (our own included). For once it seems the usually barren ground of the comedy sequel has yielded something decent, and that is cause for celebration indeed. But already now the question is starting to bubble to the surface: well, why are we surprised? What did we expect? Didn’t we know that the infallible genius directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are behind it?

Uh-Oh: Keanu Reeves Passes On 'Akira'; Is The Film In Serious Trouble?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 9:47 AM
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Possible Cancellation of Project Devastates... Oh Right, Nobody Pretty much ever since its U.S. release in 1988, someone, somewhere has wanted to do an Americanized remake of "Akira." Sony was close to picking it up in the 1990s, and Warner Bros has had the rights for the best part of a decade now, without any real forward momentum. Until recently, that is: Albert Hughes, one half of the fraternal team behind "Menace II Society" and, more recently, "The Book of Eli," was hired to direct, "Harry Potter" writer Steve Kloves penned a rewrite, and the film went out to search for its lead roles.

Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender & More Sought For 'Akira'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:48 AM
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Garrett Hedlund, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake & Joaquin Phoenix Also In The MixThe long-gestating "Akira" remake seems to have been knocking around for awhile now and to Warner Bros' credit, they are trying to get it as right as possible before moving this thing forward. With most fans outright skeptical of how the studio is going to change the wild, decidedly not mainstream manga into a broadly appealing, PG-13 two-film franchise, last month the studio brought in the big guns which -- for better or worse -- point in the direction they're headed. Steve Kloves, who has penned seven of the eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies, was tasked with polishing the script for the gestating project and WB appear to be very happy with his work.

Mark Wahlberg Attached To Star In Black Listed Neo-Noir 'Broken City'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2010 2:00 AM
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Plan Is For Allen Hughes To Direct The week leading up to Thanksgiving is always a quiet one, and this week was no exception -- there's been very little news to go round. So thank the god of movie blogs for Mark Wahlberg, who seems to have caused about 75% of all news stories this week. He's not in "The Crow!" He is in David O. Russell's "Uncharted!" He thought "The Happening" was a giant piece of shit too! And, even on Turkey Day itself, the artist formerly known as the leader of the Funky Bunch has come through, giving details of a new project he's circling to MTV.

Morgan Freeman Circling 'Akira,' Zac Efron Offered Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 5:13 AM
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Steam is beginning to build around Warner Bros. remake of the classic anime "Akira" with some interesting names being thrown around. But first a quick history recap: In February of this year, directing duo Allen and Albert Hughes were brought on to direct the film and this summer, Albert Torres ("Henry Poole Is Here") was hired to pen a new draft of the script with a due date of September. The project will be a two-film, PG-13 adaptation of the manga with the Hughes Brothers currently only on board for the first section which will bring books 1-3 of the series to the big screen. And it now looks like all systems are go as casting is tentatively beginning on the film.

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