Screen Junkies » albert hughes http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Will Chris Evans Brave Albert Hughes’ ‘Motor City’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-chris-evans-brave-albert-hughes-motor-city/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-chris-evans-brave-albert-hughes-motor-city/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:43:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223207 Only if they recreate Detroit on a sound stage.

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Now that Akira is off the table, Albert Hughes has found his next project to direct without the aid of his exact double. Hughes will next direct Motor City, a revenge story that ended up on the 2009 Black List.

An offer has gone out to Chris Evans for the lead role of a wrongfully-imprisoned man who seeks revenge on those who framed him. There’s been no word on whether or not Evans has accepted but it sounds like a pretty sweet gig. It’s reported that the script only contains one line of dialogue. Granted, it’s a two-hour run-on sentence but still, that’s a fun challenge for any actor. (Twitch)

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Albert Hughes Splits From ‘Akira’, But Sticks With Warner Bros http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/albert-hughes-splits-from-akira-but-sticks-with-warner-bros/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/albert-hughes-splits-from-akira-but-sticks-with-warner-bros/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 19:53:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213747 It's looks like 'Menace II Society' and 'Akira' won't have the same director after all.

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Akira project. First, they lost Keanu Reeves after early talks, and now, it seems they’ve lost the director as well. Deadline is reporting that Albert Hughes has left the project over creative differences with Warner Bros. The details of exactly what those creative differences were aren’t clear at this time, however.

Despite these setbacks, the film is still being fasttracked, so expect the studio to find another helmer as soon as possible. Also expect the studio to match Hughes to another project in short order. Sounds like both the studio and director bounce back nicely, but what of the film?

Not much is known about the ever-evolving Akira, as producers changed both the direction of the film and the budget, opting to go with Reeves instead of a younger, less-proven star. While the script may be firm, it would appear that every other aspect of the project is back to square one. Not exactly the direction you want to be traveling in on a fasttracked production.

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Keanu Walks Away From ‘Akira’, Possibly To Eat A Sandwich Alone On A Bench http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-walks-away-from-akira-possibly-to-eat-a-sandwich-alone-on-a-bench/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-walks-away-from-akira-possibly-to-eat-a-sandwich-alone-on-a-bench/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 20:17:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212513 The greatest Asian actor of his generation steps away from the project, honorably.

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Keanu Reeves has decided that he doesn’t need Akira in his life, having passed on the project. While he seemed like an inspired choice to play the gang leader Kaneda, he was two decades older than some of the other candidates. That said, the decision to leave was Reeves’, so producers must have been willing to overlook the age discrepancy for his box-office draw and blockbuster movie experience.

Expect the casting rumors to circulate quickly for this project, as it has the attention of not only the US, but the world on the venerable property. Two months ago, the shortlist consisted of Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy, so their names are likely to pop back up in the discussion.

Warner Bros. has insisted that Keanu’s decision hasn’t sidetracked production, as it’s in development and has yet to be greenlit. So don’t worry about this event offsetting progress on the film – they haven’t made any yet. Way to cover your ass, WB. (Coming Soon)

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Keanu Reeves In Talks To Lead An Asian Gang In ‘Akira’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-reeves-in-talks-to-lead-an-asian-gang-in-akira/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-reeves-in-talks-to-lead-an-asian-gang-in-akira/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 18:55:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210969 He's already got a leg up on the other candidates. He knows kung-fu.

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Akira appears to be narrowing its search for a lead, and it looks like that role might skew a little older than originally thought, with Keanu Reeves in discussions to star as Kaneda, the gang leader. He is in talks with Warner Bros. after the studio had contemplated youngsters such as James Franco, (shudder) Robert Pattinson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michael Fassbender.

While the talks aren’t far along, Reeves has demonstrated he can carry a big-budget franchise with The Matrix trilogy, so his involvement could give the film weight enough to find another A-lister for the role of Tetsuo, Kaneda’s best friend. Keanu is now wrapping up the samurai film 47 Ronin, so perhaps the studio wanted to catch him while he was still in a Japanese state of mind. Because once those sword skills fade, they’re gone for good. (THR)

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‘Akira’ Casting Shortlist: Pattinson, Garfield, No One Asian http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akira-casting-shortlist-pattinson-garfield-no-one-asian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akira-casting-shortlist-pattinson-garfield-no-one-asian/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:07:25 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202894 Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and Robert Pattinson are all up for the lead role of Tetsuo. If the audition requires shirtlessness, Pattinson's got the experience edge.

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Akira is considered one on the most important works in all of mangadom and animeland. It’s a Japanese classic, which is why it must be written by the Harry Potter screenwriter and star a franchise-carrying white dude. “Must… scrub… all… Japanese… aspects… away…,” said a hard-at-work Warner Bros. They missed a spot, though – all the characters still have names like Tetsuo and Kaneda. Why not Tony and Kyle? Now those are first names I can relate to.

Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and Robert Pattinson have been given the current draft of Akira, re-written by Steve Kloves. They’re all up for the lead role of Tetsuo. If the audition requires shirtlessness, Pattinson’s got the experience edge. Meanwhile, for the role of Kaneda, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender and Joaquin Phoenix are under consideration.

The story takes place in the very distant future – 2019 – where a bike gang leader must save his buddy from becoming the victim of a medical experiment. Warner Bros. and director Albert Hughes (From Hell) are excited about the new draft, though probably Albert’s co-director brother Allen is not, since he’s been left out of the picture. Or maybe he too became the victim of a medical experiment somewhere in Neo-Tokyo. (Deadline)

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Franco Reportedly To Star In ‘Akira’ Adaptation. After That, Perhaps A Nap? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-talks-akira-manga-adaptation-franco-so-very-tired/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-talks-akira-manga-adaptation-franco-so-very-tired/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:09:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26493 It's been reported by JustJared that James Franco has been offered the lead role of Kaneda in the feature adaptation of Akira.

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It’s reported by JustJared that James Franco has been offered the lead role of Kaneda in the feature adaptation of Akira, the legendary manga (Japanese comic book) that was adapted in 1988 in anime form. Apparently James Franco is not content only siphoning off all source material from the United States, so he’s gone international with his bad self.

The Hollywood Akira has a powerful writing team behind it in Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the scribes behind Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens, and a decidedly less-powerful director behind it in Albert Hughes, 50% of the Hughe brothers team that brought us Dead Presidents, From Hell, and The Book of Eli. It’s being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, which seems to have channeled its inner Franco and gotten involved with most of the projects out there these days. An interesting team behind what will surely be a very high-profile movie once it gets going.

I can’t muster up any more jokes about James Franco’s ubiquity in every facet of entertainment, so I’m just going to give you a handy list of irons he has in the fire right now. Feel free to print it and put it in your wallet. If you should run into Franco or his agent, you have conversation fodder for days, if not weeks.

This is just stuff we’ve covered. This list will have been rendered almost completely obsolete by the time you finish reading it.

I’m sure in his mind, Franco is kicking around spec scripts for a Rocky reboot, a Heat prequel, and possibly executing Jason Segel to become the new face of the Muppets franchise going forward.

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