Hughes Bros. in Talks to do Japanese Anime Film

The New York Times is reporting that Warner Bros. is negotiating to reteam with The Book of Eli’s Hughes brothers to have them direct a live-action remake of the cult favorite Akira. If this happens, It would team the Hughes brothers with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way which is producing the film.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s 2,182-page graphic novel is about the leader of a biker gang who tries to save his kidnapped pal from a powerful supernatural experiment. The rumor is that it will be shot in two parts with the first part coming out this year.

No official word from studio yet, but a release is expected at some point this week. - Jamal Munnerlyn