A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Albert and Allen Hughes was to direct the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic graphic novel, Akira. The last we heard, Warner Bros. Pictures has attached Jaume Collet-Serra to direct the post-apocalyptic tale that’s been in development hell for the better part of the past decade.
While Chronicle was already the Akira I wanted, I still hold hope that one day Warners will get the adaptation off the ground. Until then, let’s take a look back to when the Hughes brothers were attached. Illustrator Chris Weston has shared some unused storyboards that were drawn for the brothers. “Hopefully they reveal just how much love we had for the source material and how faithful we were going to be to it,” he explains accompanying the below photos.
Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.
Images courtesy of Chris Weston.