The Masque of the Black Death, the last script that legendary Oscar-winning director Akira Kurosawa co-wrote before his death in 1998, will finally be animated for a planned theatrical release in 2010.
Script: Akira Kurosawa and Masato Ide (Red Beard, Kagemusha, Ran)
Original Story: “The Masque of the Red Death,” Edgar Allan Poe (1842)
Synopsis: “Kurosawa and Ide’s version resets the setting to a fictional version of Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, when most of humanity faces a deadly contagion. The suspense story deals with the human condition when people are pushed to extremes and despair.”
Kurosawa began writing the script after his 1975 film Dersu Uzala, another film set in Russia. He and his only son, executive producer Hisao Kurosawa, had initially planned for the film to be shot in 1998. The Masque of the Black Death is one of two theatrical projects that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth.
I love Kurosawa’s work and look forward to that anime 😀
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Ooooh I really look forward to this.
I LOVED the movie The Masque Of The Red Death starring Vincent Price ^-^ What a classic!
I have not seen the movie, but I read the book a long time ago 🙂
Well Poe is just genius ^-^
Oh yeah, I read all his works 🙂 His poetry is quite complex as well 🙂
Oh gods… Poe… I love his stories and poems, but… After I read a tell tale heart I kept seeing visions of a half rotten vulture poking its head through my bedroom door….
That must have been scary, Choux… On the other hand, it means that you have a rich imagination 🙂 I hope you’ll be able to use it productively 🙂 Do you write, draw, play music, or take part in other creative activities?
Haven’t heard much news about this, perhaps I missed it. Which direction should I be looking in?
I have not heard about it yet. Perhaps, it is still in production or suspension. The last news on ANN are from 2008.