Albert Hughes, one half of The Hughes Brothers who were responsible for The Book of Eli, has left the live-action adaptation of anime graphic novel Akira. According to Deadline Hughes and Warner Bros. had “amicable creative differences” and the studio will be finding another movie for Hughes to direct.
Despite losing a director Warner Bros. is still moving ahead with Akira, and are currently looking for another director to take over. Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves recently re-wrote the script, and back in March we heard actors such as Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine, Andrew Garfield, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were being considered for lead roles.
However Deadline says the studio recent had a change of heart and instead wanted “an established box office star” to lead instead, and subsequently began talks with Keanu Reeves, however the actor passed. For Akira Warner Bros. has also moved the location from Japan to the US, with the story now taking place in a rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.