Directorless: Albert Hughes Off 'Akira', David O Russell Off 'Uncharted'

May 26, 2011
Source: Deadline

Hughes Brothers - Akira

Briefly: Bad news. Two big Hollywood projects, two adaptations, have hit a big snag. Deadline reports that Albert Hughes, one half of the Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book of Eli), is walking away from directing Warner Bros' live-action Akira, based on the manga/anime. He'd been attached since last February, but is leaving due to "amicable creative differences" not long after Keanu Reeves passed on the lead; the project is still on a fast track. Deadline/ShowBlitz also reports that David O. Russell has left the Uncharted: Drake's Fortune video game adaptation at Sony, which he was writing/directing, also because of "creative differences." Maybe he saw IGN's video game movies chart and realized it was hopeless.

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Maybe this is a good thing.

Xerxexx on May 26, 2011


shame for Russel. but very good thing for Akira imo

lego on May 26, 2011


This is a GREAT thing. You CANNOT "westernize" a classic.

Big Boss on May 26, 2011


it is/was an adaptation for wouldn't make sense if it wasn't Westernized. 

Xerxexx on May 26, 2011


Depends on how you look at it.

Ryderup on May 27, 2011


indeed. If the Swedish were to do this it would be in Swedish with Swedish actors.

Xerxexx on May 27, 2011


Making an anime from the manga with English voices and subtitles are one thing, but given Hollywood's formula, it just wouldn't have worked out. You know it would've been ALL about "Kaneda's bike". lol

Big Boss on May 27, 2011


Which is why I'm happy this project is being shelved.

Xerxexx on May 27, 2011



Geoffrey Shauger on May 27, 2011


This is great news for Akira. just let it go!

happy camper on May 26, 2011


Great news. I'll drink to this. Or something.

Cracky on May 26, 2011


Glad Russell left Uncharted, cause that means Marky Mark wont be playing Drake and we can finally get Nathan Fillion....DO IT HOLLYWOOD!

Cody W. on May 26, 2011


Thank god. Akira goes unraped another day.

Pandora Young on May 26, 2011


i fuckin hate ign they ruin everything

stfugtfo on May 26, 2011


Maybe I'm misreading this, but doesn't the article imply that only one of the Hughes brothers has left the project? Meaning that one still remains to continue the rape? Fuck these idiots. Akira is a perfect and complete thing, and these b-movie chumps have neither the intelligence nor the creative vision to come close to it.

Lebowski on May 27, 2011


Why all the hate on the Hughes brothers Lebowski?Obviously they can't be too dumb if they're still in hollywood doing films!It's not their fault that the studio wanted them to do this film,  your personal attack on these filmmakers is just incredibly stupid!!!

jah p on May 27, 2011


I think this is great new for both, especially Uncharted. Mark Wahlberg was completely wrong to play Nathan Drake. Nathan Fillion is still my top choice for that role.

GlossGreen on May 27, 2011


It's probably a good thing that David O. Russell left Uncharted. From all the interviews I've read he seemed to have no clue about the franchise and would have most likely screwed it all up.

Cookiex on May 27, 2011


Great news for the Uncharted movie, David O. Russell is a great director for sure, but the movie he was planning on making was not Uncharted and he really didn't seem like the best man for the job.

Warren Carroll on May 27, 2011


Yah! Now I can direct them!!!

Andre on May 27, 2011


I always imagined Roland Emmerich as the director of a live action "Akira", that's just MY opinion. When the news came out the David Russel was leaving Uncharted, did anyone else literally shout and jump for joy? Or was I the only one?

Lamar on May 27, 2011


 Roland Emmerich?  Seriously?  Him and the Hughes brothers should all change careers IMO.

ff on May 27, 2011


keep running into snags, Im all for it.

lando on May 27, 2011


Wooo Jensen Ackles for Drake all the way!!

Rooneyman on May 29, 2011

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