the Hughes Brothers Come Back from the Dead
Back in the early ’90s, when black filmmakers were making movies about teenage crime in urban areas, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Menace II Society’ were clear standouts. The latter was directed by twins Albert and Allen Hughes, aka the Hughes Brothers. The brothers were responsible for igniting the careers of Larenz Tate, Clifton Powell Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Tucker.
Since their 2001 film ‘From Hell,’ which starred Johnny Depp, the brothers have been low-key. But their latest collaboration with Denzel Washington in ‘The Book of Eli’ has brought them back into the spotlight.
Co-starring Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals, the Warner Bros.’ post-apocalyptic thriller revolves around a lone warrior, Eli (Washington), who must fight to expose knowledge that could bring civilization back from the brink of destruction. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who’s determined to take possession of the book that Eli’s guarding.
While attending this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the Detroit siblings, along with Washington, spoke about their film and waiting so long for the right project.