While I enjoyed Book of Eli, the only movie that Allen and Albert Hughes directed that I truly care for is Menace II Society, an urban drama filmed 17 years ago. This is the reason my skin is crawling at the notion that the overrated brothers will be getting behind the camera for Akira, a live-action adaptation of the beloved Manga graphic novel from Katsuhiro Otomo. The script has been penned by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta (who penned Eli) and set in New Manhattan, a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years earlier. Akira was first adapted as a feature in 1988 as an animated film which Otomo directed. What do you guys think?
Fact: It has been nearly two years since Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights with Legendary Pictures from publisher Kodansha and set it up with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.