Paramount Pictures Working on a Japanese Remake of 'Ghost'
While plenty of studios and their movies are still thriving here in the US, largely thanks to the higher ticket prices for 3D spectacles (by which I mean both glasses and hype), across the seas, American films just don't seem to be hitting the same chord they used to, especially in Japan. But Reuters reports Paramount seems to have a remedy for this problem - more remakes. However, these remakes will take on the local language, the first initiative being a Japanese remake of the Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze romance Ghost, which was quite the huge hit back in 1990 and has quite the universal appeal of love lasting forever in life and death.
This effort by the studio is in an attempt to turn around the market where once-dominant American movies have been outperformed by local films the past three out of four years. The Ghost remake will star Japanese actress Nanako Matsushima (who starred in Ringu, the original Ring) in Moore's role and South Korean heartthrob Song Seung Heon (from "East of Eden") in Swayze's part. Speaking about the romantic remake, Paramount Japan marketing director Hisamichi Kinomoto said: "We have this great property. If the essence of that story appeals to Japanese, we should use it to attract new audiences." You know, I have an idea, and it's a little outside of the box so bear with me. Maybe they could just make better movies? No more remakes!