TERMINATOR And RAMBO Producer Prepping English Language Adaptation of Murakami Ryu's AUDITION

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Are mainstream American audiences ready for the deeply unsettling creations of Murakami Ryu? Terminator, Basic Instinct and Rambo exec producer Mario Kassar certainly hopes so with Deadline breaking word yesterday that he has teamed with The Lookalike director Richard Gray for an English language adaptation of Murakami's Audition.

Already used as the source material for Miike Takashi's breakthrough film of the same name, Audition tells the story of a single middle aged man who stages a series of false auditions for a non existent film in order to meet women and get back in the dating game. It works, too, insofar as he finds himself in a relationship in relatively short order. The downside, of course, is that the woman he ends up with is ... well, if you don't already know I'm not going to tell you.

This new version will transplant the action to the United States with our leading man renamed Sam Davis and the woman he ends up with now a former ballerina named Evie Lawrence while other details remain closely in line with the source material.
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  • CJ

    Hopefully this goes the way of the MARTYRS remake. Straight into the toilet.

  • TheTaskmaster

    noooooooooo

  • Yojimbo

    I remember my girlfriend at the time bought tickets to this film neither of us knowing anything about it, Ho Ho ho, she stormed out angry and disgusted.I have to say ever since this film any time I hear a woman call "kitty kitty kitty" it raises my hackles.

  • Marcel Samson

    Hahaha, that's indeed one the creepiest things ever. Kiri kiri kiri! *hides in corner*

  • Filmguy83

    Or better yet, Coin Locker Babies!

  • Filmguy83

    Don't care about this. I want In the Miso Soup dammit!

  • Both of these have reportedly been in the works for ages. Wim Wenders has the rights for Miso Soup, I believe.

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