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Akira – Live action film is back on and The Hughes Brothers to direct

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

Looks like The Book of Eli has done rather well for Warner Bros. The studio are now in talks with the Hughes Brothers to have a crack at the live action Akira movie according to Heat Vision. This project has been in development hell for years now with Joseph Gordon Levitt attached for a long time. Last September was the news that it was a script was being rewritten for it.

Since it’s release a few weeks ago The Book of Eli has made $93 million worldwide. Albert and Allen Hughes also made 2001’s From Hell. Both films are quite stylised so they may have the right view for the Akira adaption.

Warner Bros. has planned to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo’s widely praised six-volume comic into two live-action films since it acquired the property two years ago with Legendary Pictures (“The Dark Knight”).

As reported in September “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have drafted the “Akira” script with Gary Whitta, who wrote “Eli.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way are producing with Andrew Lazar. Otomo is an executive producer.

Originally set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, the new feature story line takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan, where two friends in a biker gang struggle with the after-effects of an accident that gives one of them psychic powers.

Do you think the Hughes Brothers are the right ones for a live action Akira? Who should star in it?

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Live Action Akira is still go – Tetsuooooo!!!!!

Posted by LiveFor on September 8, 2009


Last I heard the live action Akira movie was dead and gone. However, like Neo-Tokyo it has risen once more from the ruins before it.

Last November I posted a review of an old script for the film that wasn’t so hot and Joseph Gordon Levitt (Brick, 500 Days of Summer) was rumoured to be starring in it back then, but things change.

Collider have the news that screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men) are about to turn in their version of an “Akira” movie and the reason why the project has been so quiet is they’ve been hard at work trying to get the script right.

They also have confirmation that the story is still set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan in the near future and that the big red motorcycle is definitely a part of the film. Still not sure why they had to change it to Manhatten.

If the script meets with approval the movie could go into production in 2010 with a release date in 2011. Also, this isn’t going to be some mid-range budget movie. If the film goes into production, it’s going to be one of those BIG event movies.

Still very early days on this one, but if things go to plan we just may have an excellent adaption of the classic anime film. Fingers crossed.

Are you ready for a live action Akira? Who could play the main characters?

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Will the Hulk be the big bad in the Avengers movie?

Posted by LiveFor on October 13, 2008

MTV have been talking about the possibility that The Avengers may end up fighting one of their own.

The Incredible Hulk” director Louis Leterrier told MTV News this past June that he didn’t think any villain could, and suggested that they use a hero instead: his.

“Iron Man” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who themselves may be writing another Marvel movie in the near future, couldn’t agree more, they told MTV News, insisting that everything is building towards making The Hulk the villain in the eagerly anticipated 2011 movie.

“I hope ‘The Avengers’ embraces that,” Fergus said of having the Hulk as misunderstood baddie. “You don’t want like 10 super-badass good guys fighting together. Where’s the fun in that? Let’s break it off a little. Friends or colleagues who become enemies is always an interesting thing because you know it’s based on love and friendship and that’s always the worst thing to have turn bad — is someone you actually care about and someone you actually believe in.”

Hulk, of course, has fought nearly every Marvel hero at some point in the comics, and because he already had his own movie, wouldn’t need to be set-up in the new one. In fact, all the hard work is already done.

“I left the door open for whoever’s going to direct ‘The Avengers’ with our last shot. Edward [Norton] and I, we consciously decided to make the last shot of the movie when he opens his eyes and he smirks at the camera,” Leterrier told us. “Is he enjoying it? Is he malicious? That’s what’s great about Edward. You don’t know if he’s a good guy or bad guy. He’s always on this edge and we’ve been sort of surfing that edge, that very thin edge during the entire movie.”

Recall, also that Downey Jr. as Tony Stark appears to General Ross at the very end of “Hulk,” a scene Leterrier called the first scene of “The Avengers.”

What do you think of this? Would you like to see the Hulk take on the Avengers? Who would win? I think it’s a pretty good idea and they will probably fight the Hulk and then team up with him to defeat an even bigger villain or maybe bunch of bad guys. It may well be similar to the first volume of The Ultimates where they end up fighting the shape shifting menace of the Skrulls (or Chitauri or whatever they’re called in the Ultimate-verse).

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Cowboys and Aliens – When will Robert Downey Jr have time to do it?

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2008

MTV News spoke with “Iron Man” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo charged with adapting “Cowboys and Aliens” for film to get an update on the project, the rising star of the project’s lead actor and what theater-goers can expect to see in the film.

“As far as we know, it’s all a go,” Ostby told MTV. “We’re just hoping it does because it felt like the right time for this kind of film and I just want to see how we’ll pull off all the cool stuff in it. It’s ridiculous. It’s one of those movies that every idea that you can come up with is actually something you can pull off these days. There’s no reason to edit yourself.”

But now that Downey Jr. is the star of a bona fide comics blockbuster with sequels on the way, have Iron Man’s repulsor rays pushed him out of “Cowboys and Aliens”?

“It’s not an official thing, but I think what they’re getting into now is a timetable for all these things,” said Fergus. “Probably in a little while we’ll know for sure what’s what.”

“We finished our draft and it all seems to be a go in terms of casting,” added Ostby. “I think Robert’s doing ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Iron Man 2′ next year, so that’s thankfully someone else’s problem to figure out how to make all that work, but the script is done…”

As far as the tone of the film, Fergus said it will follow in the “great Spielberg tradition of ‘Raiders [of the Lost Ark]‘ — with a great sense of humor, great sense of fun, and yet total adventure story.”

The “Cowboys and Aliens” comic can be read in its entirety online at webcomics host Drunk Duck.


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