“Akira” Movie Directed by Hughes Brothers Confirmed

June 23, 2010

The famous cyberpunk manga has been confirmed by director Albert Hughes in an interview with Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun.

“Warner Brothers and Appian Way (Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company) is said to be planning to adapt two movies from the manga, with each one covering three volumes. It was reported this February that Warner Brothers is in negotiations with the Hughes Brothers to direct the film, but no official announcement has been made.

On a recent phone interview by Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on his latest film The Book of Eli, Albert Hughes stated that his “next project is AKIRA“, and he’s “now busy working on the storyboard and plot”.

“I first watched Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece AKIRA in 1994, and have been fascinated with it since then”, he added.”

Akira, as anyone and their grandmother will tell you, is one of the most influential works to come out of Japan. It was one of the first manga works to be tranlsated in it’s entirety, being published in a Marvel Comics imprint, Epic Comics. It won the Kodansha  Manga Award for best general manga in 1984. With themes of social isolation, corruption and power, it gained immense acclaim. It was later made into a film in 1988, and even though it really cut out much of the stuff in the manga, it was very well recieved by critics, and help increase the popularity of anime in the west, especially with it’s superior animation quality (back in the day, Japanese animators tended to cut corners a lot) The live action has been wandering around since the 90’s and was pretty much considered dead, but Andrew Lazar claims the movie is very alive and a high priority, and very high budgeted, which is good to hear. It’s expected to be released in 2011, so get in line before all the weaboos do.

EDIT: It seems that it will be only Albert Hughes if I heard correctly

Akira movie to be directed by Hughes Brothers

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