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 😀