Why Hollywood can’t get enough Akira Kurosawa remakes

by Peter D. Marshall

by John Patterson.

Akira Kurosawa and Hollywood may find themselves working together soon for the first time since the late director’s abortive involvement in the war epic Tora! Tora! Tora!, one of several traumatic episodes that led him to attempt suicide in 1972.

The remake rights to the lion’s share of his movies and unproduced screenplays have been granted by the Akira Kurosawa 100 Project to the Los Angeles-based company Splendent, whose chief, Sakiko Yamada, told Variety he aimed to “help contemporary film-makers introduce a new generation of moviegoers to these unforgettable stories”. The Kurosawa Project said it had received “countless” requests from US and European film-makers, “expressing intense interest in remaking Kurosawa’s movies”.

The prospect of Kurosawa’s influence being funnelled through Hollywood again is enticing; after all, the last time Hollywood directors paid sustained attention to his films, they helped revolutionise Hollywood film-making.

Read the rest of this article from the Guardian.

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