Chinese studios announced on Wednesday in Beijing that they are going to make a film out of a script by late Japanese film master Akira Kurosawa.
Producers Wang Zhonglei and Chen Kuo-Fu explain the film project based on the Japanese film master Akira Kurosawa's posthumous script at a press conference in Beijing on March 1, 2017. [Photo / China.org.cn]
Huayi Brothers Media and CKF Pictures will collaborate on "The Mask of the Black Death," a posthumous script by Akira Kurosawa, who died in 1998 and made many influential film classics such as "Seven Samurai" (1954) and "Ran" (1985).
"The Mask of the Black Death" is based on "The Masque of the Red Death," a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
The new film is set for release in 2020, but producers Wang Zhonglei and Chen Kuo-Fu said they have not decided who will helm the project. But Chen said he would love a young director to do it while asking directors worldwide to come forward.
They didn't have great confidence in the commercial potential of the film, but they still want to do the film out of respect for Akira Kurosawa‘s legacy.
The two studios also revealed several blockbuster projects in making, including a new installment of the Detective Dee franchise by Tsui Hark, "Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings," which is set for release during the Spring Festival film season of 2018; "Onmyoji," a popular mobile game adaptation film, which is set to be released for 2018 China's National Day season; a prequel to Chinese fantasy film "Painted Skin," which is set to be released in 2019; and "Mojin Returns," a spin-off film from the franchise based on the bestselling novel "Ghost Blows Out the Light," which will be released during the 2019 National Day season.