Tran Anh Hung Bringing Murakami's NORWEGIAN WOOD To The Big Screen!
Big, big news here courtesy of Jason Gray. Though he is still guiding his dark thriller I Come With The Rain - check the archive for the stunning promo reel - through the post-production process, French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung is already planning his next project, and what a project it will be. The director of Cyclo and A Vertical Ray of the Sun will next be traveling to Japan to direct a Japanese language adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood.
Now, Murakami is pretty much a living legend in the literary world, and deservedly so. His work has a drifting, otherworldly quality to it that often make it read like cinema but Murakami has been very protective of his words up until now, having allowed only one of his works to ever be adapted for the screen - a short story titled Tony Takitani - despite multiple offers. This romantic drama will be the just the second Murakami based project so far and the first based on one of his novels. And, honestly, it's hard to imagine a director better suited to adapt Murakami's work than Hung. No word yet on cast or start dates, though with Asmik Ace and Fuji TV backing the film financially I'd expect a fairly high profile group to be involved.