Well, it had to happen eventually and it’s actually surprising it took 15 years to come together….
The classic cult Japaense horror film ‘Audition’ is being remade with an all American cast, with an American writer and director for audiences in you guessed it — the United States of America.
The original film based on a book by Ryu Murakami and adapted for the screen by Takashi Miike follows the story of a middle-aged widower whose son urges his father to get back in the swing of things and start dating again. So his film producer friend sets up a series of ‘auditions’ for young women to come in and play the part of his wife. One of the girls catches his attention right away, but it’s clear there’s something off with her. A lot of severed limbs, some piano wire and a dog bowl full of vomit later and what was witnessed on screen was a chilling and frightening film that holds up perfectly to this day.
Leave it to Hollywood to think they can do it all over again so director Richard Gray (The Lookalike) along with producer Mario Kassar (Terminator, Basic Instinct) will be adapting ‘Audition’ for an American version with a story based on the original novel from Murakami.
In this version, Sam Davis is a widower who lives alone with his son, who encourages his dad to get back into the dating scene when a film producer friend stages the same fake auditions to land him a lady. The girl in this version is named Evie Lawrence, but all of the heinous and gruesome horror that follows will be much the same.
Shooting for ‘Audition’ is expected to start in the U.S. sometime later this fall with a 2015 release date expected.