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American remakes of Japanese horrors are nothing new, indeed almost all of the major Japanese horrors to make it overseas have eventually been set upon by studio execs who figured people will pay for an English-language remake.

Well, today we learned that Takashi Miike's [Audition](movie:1624511) can join the likes of The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water, Pulse and One Missed Call in the list of Japanese horrors which have Americanized remakes.

According to Deadline, the Terminator, Rambo and Basic Instinct executive producer Mario Kassar is developing an English-language adaptation of Audition, which itself is based on the the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami. The story of Audition involves a "a widower [who] takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all."

Deadline claims that the American version, which will be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike) will closely follow the same plot, although our hapless protagonist has been renamed Sam Davis, while his mysterious choice is a former ballerina called Evie Lawrence. Obviously, the US remake will see the story taking place in America.

The script has also been adapted by Gray, and he hopes to begin filming this fall.

Of course, the American remaking of Japanese horrors doesn't usually go too well. With the exception of The Ring, all the major remakes have met with critical and audience derision. One Missed Call for example received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while the other titles mentioned above didn't fared much better.


How do you feel about American remakes of foreign horrors?

Source: Deadline


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