Oh joy, today is a good day. 3 reasons. 1. The scab on my elbow is ripe for the picking; I can’t wait to pluck it and roll it around in my fingers. 2. Director Albert Hughes leaves Akira. 3. Director David O. Russell quits Uncharted.
Starting with ‘Uncharted’. As most of you know, Sony Pictures plans to make a live-action adaptation of the adventure based video game of the same name. David O. Russel (The Fighter) was attached to direct. His name alone perked interest and gave a sense of faith that Sony might actually make a decent video game movie for once. However, once word got out that Russell was fucking with the source material, fans were not pleased. He had planned to input a heavy family dynamic and have new characters to be played by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.Oh, and Mark Walberg was his top pick for Nathan Drake. I think we all held a figurative gun to our head at that little nugget. Anyway, O. Russel and his ideas are fucking OUTTA HERE. Variety’s Jeff Sneider exclusively reports:
“David O. Russell, who was set to write and produce the bigscreen adaptation of the videoameUncharted: Drake’s Fortune,has left the project over creative differences.”
OK, so we don’t actually know if O. Russell’s departure means that Sony will scrap his family dynamic script. Nor, do we know if Russell’s homeboy, Marc Walberg is going with him. It’s our hope that Sony will find a good director that will honor the source material and pick Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. That’s all we want.
Moving on to the better news.
Absolutely nobody wants a Americanized, live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo anime/manga, Akira. Seriously, the animated classic is already in peak perfection, anything we Americans do will most likely only cheapen it. And, Hollywood is certainly trying to do everything possible to do just that. Taking neo-Tokyo out of Japan and putting it in Manhattan.Stupid! Not to mention, the studios intent to white-wash the entire project by seeking non-Asian actors for the roles. I mean fuck, Keanu Reeves himself was offered the starring role of Kaneda and he’s quite clearly not Asian. Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy were also persons of interest. Just awful.
Anyway, in recent news, Keanu declined the offer and Warner Bros. had shut down a department working on pre-production. Now it gets even better. Director, Albert Hughes has left the project. Deadline reports:
“Director Albert Hughes is exiting the movie, I’m told. Insiders say that it is an amicable creative differences parting of the ways.”
Blow after blow. This project is dead. It’s gotta be dead, right? Not so fast. Deadline believes Warner Bros. will work quickly to replace him and go back to the film’s original strategy. With the hiring of screenwriter Steve Kloves to reign in the film in the script stage, Warner Bros. now hopes to go back to those younger actors for a more economical retelling of the story. Bah! less money and more teenage heart throbs?! Shoot me now.