Duo to direct post-apocalyptic drama for WB

Warner Bros. has set Allen and Albert Hughes to direct the post-apocalyptic drama “Book of Eli.” Pic is expected to be the brothers’ first feature to go into production since the 2001 thriller “From Hell.”

Joel Silver is producing with Susan Downey and Erik Olsen.

Scripted by Gary Whitta, the drama revolves around a lone hero who fights his way across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic America. He’s the protector of a sacred book that may hold the key to saving humanity.

After several years of turning down features, the Hughes brothers have gotten busy on the development front. They are attached to direct “The Ice Man,” a fact-based film about Richard Kuklinski, a serial killer who found his calling as a Mafia hitman, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jason Blum producing and Terry Winter scripting. They’re also directing a screen version of the classic TV series “Kung Fu” for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures based on Cory Goodman’s script.

The studio and Silver are already out to cast on “Eli,” and if they hook a star to play the lead, the film could go into production before year’s end.

The Hughes brothers are repped by WMA.

Whitta scripted “The Reaper” for Media 8 and is currently writing “Diablo” for Legendary and Blizzard Entertainment.

He is repped by UTA, managed by Circle of Confusion and repped by attorney Howard Abramson.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more