Hughes Brothers Set For Akira Remake
It was bound to happen sometime. Akira, the seminal Manga and Anime by Katsuhiro Otomo is now getting geared up for a live-action remake. It’s been batted around since the early 1990s but now it looks like it might actually happen.
The new script is being penned by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who co-wrote Children Of Men and Iron Man so they at least know what they’re doing.
But the big shock is the Hughes brothers are lined up to direct, presumably trading off the back of the success of the woeful The Book Of Eli. It seems strange to give such a major property to directors who haven’t handled such a major property before – they’ve also previous directed From Hell, Menance II Society and Dead Presidents.
The word is that the six books will be split across two films with a budget of at least $300 million, so they’re not messing about. It’ll be interesting to see if it works as a live action – the anime is an often confusing jumble of giant sci-fi mutations, screaming and post-apocalyptic explosions in Neo-Tokyo that has more levels than Super Mario Bros.