Hughes brothers set for ‘Book of Eli’

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.

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  1. Ben Shoeman says:

    Really enjoyed “The Book of Eli” the movie which I just viewed yesterday, 8/9/15. I think it really struck home with me and got my attention in that it had a title so very close to an unpublished book my wife and I co-authored about 35 or more years ago entitled “The Book of Edward” With a re-write, and bringing it up to date I’m sure it could be considered a prequel to “Eli” Personally I have been considering digging it out, dusting it off and submitting it to self-publishing. Our book was written in about a week and a half and had been our third manuscript completed, none of which were ever published. As I remember, we never even submitted “Edward” as our attention and efforts turned to our young daughter training for potential Olympic stardom – we hoped. A ruptured achilles ended that dream for her, but later opened up another door for our daughter as she is now a well-known and respected romance writer who teaches figure skating and has coached 4 adult ladies national champions. Thank you for your attention.

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