'Terminator' Producer Plotting Remake of Takashi Miike's 'Audition'
After remaining seemingly safe from Hollywood's remake machine for 15 years, Takashi Miike's cult thriller Audition has been snatched up for an English-language adaptation. Deadline reports Terminator and Rambo producer Mario Kassar is developing the new take on Ryu Murakami's 1997 novel on which Miike's 1999 film is based. Richard Gray (The Lookalike) will be at the helm of the film which will follow a lonely widower who decides to put out a fake casting call for a leading lady with the intention of using the set-up to meet a new girlfriend. However, one of the attendees turns out to be more than he bargained for.
This time the film will follow a character named Sam Davis who has the hope of meeting a new lover, until he falls for Evie Lawrence, a former ballerina with a mysterious past. Gray also adapted the noel himself, and the plan is for the film to shoot this fall after he finishes up with Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. We're not sure what to expect from this remake, but we just hope it turns out better than Spike Lee's new version of Oldboy. The original film is pretty intense, and a great piece of work from Takshi Miike, so let's hope the remake isn't just a lazy reproduction.