Kurosawa's Rashomon remake, Masque of the Black Death set for 2010

LA’s Harbor Lights and Tokyo’s Lotus are also moving into production on an animated production of Masque of the Black Death, a screenplay from 1975–1977, written by Akira Kurosawa and Masato Ide (Kurosawa’s co-writer on Ran, Red Beard, and Kagemusha — all favorites of mine) shortly after Kurosawa completed the often overlooked, Russia-set Dersu Uzala.

Originally planned for Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Masque of the Black Death is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “set in a fictional early 20th century Russia where the world is facing a deadly plague.”

I would be more excited about this if it weren’t by the same production companies that feel that remaking the Akira Kurosawa classic Rashomon (reset in modern day America, of course) is an appropriate way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the man’s life.

Enh, I don’t know. Whatever. I suppose it depends on who’s directing more than anything, but… why?

Anyway, both films are slated for 2010.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 23:56 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tom
    on 2008-09-23 at 07:26
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    Didn’t they (hollywood) already do a substandard remake of ‘Rashomon’ called ‘The Outrage’? Why can’t people just leave the films I (and many others I’m sure) treasure alone? What can you possibly do with this new remake that hasn’t already been done anyway? With so many films in the past twenty years exploring the possibility’s of non-linear narratives and unreliable narrator’s (the films of Quentin Tarantino, Memento, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Boomtown(tv series)) what is there to really gain from this apart from the possibility’s of some money from a public that should know better than to support unneeded remakes.

  2. Written by Alison P
    on 2008-09-25 at 20:51
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    This Rashomon news has pissed me off for the last three days.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-09-25 at 21:00
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    Try not to think about it too much. There’s a good chance this will be a low-budget crapfest that will be quickly forgotten.

    If they get some B-list talent and a real studio lining up for distribution, worry.

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