The ‘Akira’ Remake Loses a Director

The troubled American remake hits yet another in a long line of snags.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Akira sure does seem to be screwed, doesn't it? The American remake of the classic Japanese anime – itself based on the classic manga from Katsuhiro Otomo (who directed the original film) – has lost actors, gained actors, lost them again and now it appears that it'll have to go without a director for a while: Albert Hughes has departed the project, citing that old nugget "creative differences."

Deadline reports that Hughes, who recently co-directed Book of Eli with his brother and usual collaborator Allen Hughes, has exited the project, albeit amicably. Apparently his relationship with Warner Bros., the studio behind the new Akira, is strong enough that they're pursuing different projects together. As for Akira, the film is still moving forward, although the pressure is obviously now on to find a suitable replacement for Mr. Hughes. No word yet on who might be considered, but obviously…

Crave Online will be back with more Akira news as it E.X.P.L.O.D.E.S.