When Takashi Miike’s adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel Audition arrived in 1999, audiences were shocked. The two hour film was a stunning piece of world cinema that built atmosphere, dread and pain out of raw emotions and some horror touches. The film was incredibly emotional, dramatic and for the most part, was a pure tale of loneliness and psychotic behaviour.
The bulk of the film was slow moving, passionate and incredibly powerful drama, and once Miike had you hooked into the story, he delivered the odd moment of pure terror, but just when you think all is good, Miike delivered THAT ending, and audiences were talking about it for years. Audition became an instant cult classic, and I adore the film.
News of a US remake, as usual, angers me somewhat as I don’t see the point. My only hope is that a US remake opens up the original to a whole new audience.
Deadline reported the news:
Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend.
The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
Audition American remake movieIn this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer.