Director Abert Hughes quits white American version of 'Akira'
There's another monkey in the wrench for Warner Bros.' planned live-action adaptation of Akira, since director Albert Hughes has taken himself off the project. When the director of what turned out to be a serviceable version of From Hell with Johnny Depp quits on you, there's big trouble.
Deadline.com says Hughes, who usually works with brother Allen on movies, has had "an amicable creative differences part of ways" with the studio. Maybe he had a problem making Akira with a cast full of white Americans like Robert Pattinson, Joaquin Phoenix and Justin Timberlake. The WB no doubt will try to find a new director as soon as the can.
Hey, we have a foolproof blueprint for this movie that will make the fanboys slaver and broaden its gloabl appeal: Cast a bunch of Japanese, set it in a future Tokyo and have Takashi Miike direct it. Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal manga and anime earned a pretty hard R rating, anyway.