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Happy Director Dropout Day! Albert Hughes Steps Away From ‘Akira’ Remake
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Well then—today appears to be a day where directors who have been long attached to high–profile movies decide they’re done with all of the complications and it’s time to move on to new ventures.

Earlier today it was reported that The Fighter director David O. Russell had decided to step away from the adaptation of the hit video game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, which is good news to most fans’ ears. Now another movie project that faithful followers have been very much against—the live–action remake of the classic Japanese animated feature, Akira—has also lost its director.

Albert Hughes, who along with his brother Allen have delivered titles like Menace II Society, From Hell, and The Book of Eli, has decided to depart from his attachment to Akira. According to sources, there was some creative differences between Hughes and Warner Brothers on the movie, which led to his self-removal. He and his brother do still have a strong relationship, however, and it’s assumed he’ll be lining up a new movie right away.

It’s also noted that Warner Bros. still has Akira on the fast–track, and that they’ll be immediately finding a new director to step in. This will coincide with their ongoing search for actors to play the lead roles of Kaneda and Tatsuo, after brief rumors of Keanu Reeves’ involvement quickly fizzled away.

If Akira happens one way or another, whether you want it to or not, who do you think would be the best choice for director?

[Source: Deadline]

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