This past July it looked like director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves, the team responsible for several films in the Harry Potter franchise, would be adapting Stephen King’s novel The Stand into at least two films for Warner Bros. But then things got quiet, and Ben Affleck's name came up as a replacement. Now Yates is explaining what happened.
Man, the Akira adaptation can't seem to catch a break. After losing a string of actors in quick succession for parts in the film, now its director is hitting the highway as well. Yep, director Albert Hughes has departed the project.
Know that famous scene in The Matrix in which Keanu Reeves as Neo bends backwards while bullets fly by him in slow motion? That's kind of how we feel about him passing on a role in the big screen adaptation of Akira. Talk about dodging a bullet!
We're not sure what has happened to Keanu Reeves. He's not exactly the worst actor out there, but his last few performances have been painfully lifeless and one-note. Which is why today's announcement just boggles our minds.
Wondering who Warner Brothers has in mind to play Kanada and Tetsuo in the upcoming live action telling of Akira with Legendary Pictures? The shortlist of possibilities has been revealed.
While the jury is still out on how well a big screen American adaptation of Akria will fare, we have to admit Warner Brothers is off to a good start in terms of picking a writer to add some shine to the epic-sized job.