Wolfgang Petersen Directing a Live-Action Paprika Remake?
Where has he been hiding? Wolfgang Petersen, the other German action movie director (not Roland Emmerich), hasn't directed anything since Poseidon back in 2006. He's attached to an alien movie called Uprising at Sony, but there hasn't been any movement on that for a while (as far as I know). Moviehole is reporting (without many details at all) that Petersen is attached to direct a live-action version of Yasutaka Tsutsui's Japanese novel Paprika. Anime enthusiasts may remember that an anime version of the book was produced in 2006. But a big anime remake just doesn't seem like something Wolfgang would do?
Paprika is about a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams. When the machine is stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. Apparently it is a very trippy anime (watch the trailer) because it spends so much time in dreams. This sounds strangely similar to Christopher Nolan's Inception (at least regarding the dreams aspect). Maybe this is the inevitable competing project? Oddly, this is the first time we've even heard anything about any this, be it the live-action remake news or Petersen's potential involvement. So for now, I'll remain skeptical, but we'll keep you updated!