Hughes Brothers Open the Book of Eli

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Warner Bros. has set Allen and Albert Hughes to direct the post-apocalyptic drama Book of Eli. Variety says the film 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.

Written 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.

The Hughes brothers 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.