- ALLEN & ALBERT HUGHES, FROM HELL (2001) & THE BOOK OF ELI (2010)
The Hughes brothers started making movies when they were just 12-years-old and premiered their urban classic, Menace II Society (1993) at Cannes Film Festival when they were only 21. After the creating Vietnam period piece Dead Presidents (1995) and the controversial documentary American Pimp (1999), the twin directors completely stepped outside color lines to direct Johnny Depp and Heather Graham in the 2001 thriller From Hell, about Jack The Ripper’s infamous serial killing spree in Victorian Era London. The project grossed nearly $75,000,000 worldwide. It would take another nine years before the Detroit natives’ next joint feature, 2010’s decidedly non urban, The Book of Eli, which earned nearly twice as much as its $80 million budget and starred Denzel Washington as a blind man in a post apocalyptic wasteland who helps actress Mila Kunis escape from Gary Oldman’s tyrannical rule.