Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Japanese horror Audition set for a remake

Takashi Miike's stunning, creepy, brain-searing 1999 adaptation of Ryū Murakami's novel had such an impact here in 2001, we wondered whether it would be long before an American producer snapped up the rights to mount a remake. But as the years passed, nothing happened and the moment seemed to have passed. Now, though, Mario Kassar is plotting a US-centric take on the tale.

The original Audition, for those who have not seen it, found a lonely widower letting his movie producer friend set up a series of fake try-outs for young women to become his girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, the girl he selects – Asami – hides a steely, psychotic and creatively murderous nature. Needless to say things go terribly wrong from there.

Kassar, who helped shepherd First Blood (1982), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and Basic Instinct (1992) into the world, believes the time is right for an American version of the story, which would switch the setting and tweak some details, but otherwise maintain the shocks and tension. Richard Gray (Mine Games) wrote the script and will direct the film, preparing an autumn shoot. While we're not entirely convinced a new movie can live up to the original, it's certainly intriguing to see how it could work. As always, watch this space.

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