“TERMINATOR” Producer to Bring “AUDITION” to The U.S.


After the financial failure of Spike Lee’s OLDBOY remake, one would only assume it would be a while before any English-language manga adaptations would make their way stateside. However, Deadline reports that isn’t the case as THE TERMINATOR producer Mario Kassar is putting together another notoriously bleak manga property for an American translation, Ryu Murakami’s AUDITION.

Famously adapted by Takashi Miike into his now-iconic 1999 horror film, AUDITION follows a widower whose fake casting call for a girlfriend yields nightmarish results. To be adapted by MINE GAMES director Richard Gray, Kassar looks to bring the story to America and will keep most of the details in line with Murakami’s manga over Miike’s film. At the moment, Kassar and Gray are planning a fall shoot for AUDITION, which means casting should be announced in the next couple of months.

As a fan of Miike and AUDITION, this writer would normally be against experiencing such emotionally-driven viscera again, but after seeing what Spike Lee did with OLDBOY, perhaps I’ll wait to see the film before writing it off. As Miike was incredibly stylish and effective with AUDITION, Gray sure has a way to go before impressing the horror die-hards. That is not, however, to say that it’s an impossible task.

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