Albert Hughes Ditches Akira, David O. Russell Ditches Uncharted

Both the live-action incarnation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and big screen Uncharted movie have hit speed bumps at full force, spilling their directors in the process.

It seems like Albert Hughes has been off of Akira for some time. Deadline reported “it is an amicable creative differences parting of the ways” but it was up to Variety’s Jeff Sneider to comment, on Twitter:

I knew about that AKIRA news weeks ago and held my tongue… drats!

So that’s a film without a star and without a director, and it would seem, without a good idea in its head. I’d guess it was Hughes’ departure that brought pre-production to a stand still.

Meanwhile, David O. Russell has also leapt up from his canvas chair and departed the in-development feature film version of the video game series, Uncharted. This time, it seems that Sneider got their first with a Showblitz story:

David O. Russell, who was set to write and produce the bigscreen adaptation of the videoame “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,” has left the project over creative differences.

That’s all he had, though, leaving Deadline to step in and flesh things out a little:

Sony Pictures is getting a new writer to redraft a picture the studio is still keen to make.

As I said, a little.

Both films are said to live on as going concerns at their respective studios. Bigger projects have ended up in the ditch after much less drastic swerves, however. Don’t be surprised if these two little blips just vanish off the radar now.

If I know geekdom, there’s probably going to be some glasses raised in cheer tonight. Me, I’ll have a glass of squash and mourn another David O. Russell project that hit the skids.

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