Report: Menace II Society Directors Dividing Up For Akira Movie?

There are two Hughes brothers: Albert and Allen Hughes. They're twins! One of them, website reports, is apparently going to work on the film version of Akira.

The screen version will be penned by Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Instead of trying to cram all of 2,000 plus pages of the Akira manga epic into two hours, Warner Bros. is planning on releasing the film in two parts. Each part would cover three volumes of the manga. (Not entirely convinced the world even needs a Hollywood adaptation of Akira!)

According to, Allen Hughes will take the lead on Akira, while his brother Albert will concentrate on an upcoming pilot for HBO titled Gentlemen of Leisure, which a spin-off of their documentary American Pimp. None of this has been officially confirmed, but if true, it is unknown whether the two will split credit or not. Typically, the brothers divide up work on the set with one focusing on the technical elements, while the other focuses on the actors.

The Hughes Brothers most recently directed The Book of Eli.

Originally released in 1982, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira debuted. The manga become a feature film anime, directed by Otomo. Akira changed the way many outside Japan thought about Japanese animation.

Over the years, Akira has gotten several video game adaptations, including 1988 Famicom game as well as a PS2 titles.

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    Please don’t do this, some things are sacred. Akira was a perfect movie, nothing was missing, it doesn’t need some shitty American remake to justify its existence. Besides would Akira even work as a film?, the original movie was so influenced by Japanese culture and that’s why it was so awesome. I can’t imagine this being set in modern day New York with some hot young cast. Remember when they tried that with the recent Astro Boy remake?. They took all the original aspects out of it, and no one bothered to go see it.

      Oh come on people! Ok, yes Akira was a brilliant movie, but what you guys don't seem to get is that this isn't an American adaption of the Anime movie, this is an adaption of the story of the Manga. They aren't trying to remake the anime, this is it's own movie.


      Give them a chance, I know they haven't done well with this sort of thing before, but I'd still like to see it. Even if it does turn out crap.

      Akira was far from perfect IMO. So much of the manga was omitted that the movie barely made sense.

    I just got a chilling, sinking feeling in the depths of my soul.

    Usually I only get this feeling when Uwe Boll has announced he is making another video game adaptation.

      Uhh... why?

    I only watched Akira the other week, its still visually better than most movies these days... as much as I'd love to see this project go ahead, I doubt it will reach for the same heights or approach the material in the same manner as the original anime.

    No, Andrew. Religion is sacred. Akira was a movie.

    Having seen Akira multiple times, I hold it in the same regard as Cameron's Avatar.

    Both are visual spectacular but are rediculous in terms of story.

      All manga movies have ludicrous storylines, that’s exactly why they all started off as a single idea turned into comic books. You ever wonder why Akira wasn’t made into a live action movie in the first place?, stylistically it’s so over the top some scenes just wouldn’t work with real actors. I think if this movie goes ahead they will just try to make lightning strike twice and copy the film. I can see some production studio throwing 70 million at this and having it be some action 3D blockbuster, and I don’t want to see that happen.

      Honestly how many great movies are we going to have to see ruined because Hollywood are out of ideas?

        "All manga movies have ludicrous story lines."

        I disagree. Then again, I'm a Studio Ghibli fanboy so what would I know?

    But Akira WAS a film!

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