They’re about to saw through an Audition remake

No way this will flop, you guys.

Did they learn nothing from the disaster that was Spike Lee’s Oldboy? Remaking a psychological classic like Audition is bad enough in its own right, but remaking a Takashi Miike film is worse. Terminator and Rambo producer Mario Kassar is the one piecing this all together which will have Richard Gray (The Lookalike) at the helm. They’re trying their best to avoid calling it a remake by saying it’s a new adaptation of the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami, but let’s face it, this is totally going to be a remake of Miike’s film, who delivered an amazing adaptation of the novel back in 1999.

The new Kassar-produced version will be set in America; here’s what Deadline said of the plot:

Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.

I’m not familiar with any of Gray’s films, but it doesn’t look like anything he’s done before is quite in the same realm as Audition, which is a twisted slow burn that delivers a gut-punch of a finale. I like to try and stay optimistic when it comes to news like this, but right now I’m having a hard time finding any hope to hold onto. But perhaps the biggest problem with this remake is that even if it’s good (or even great), it’s still going to flop. And it’s going to flop hard. So what’s the point?

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12 thoughts on “They’re about to saw through an Audition remake

  1. Onjce again, I’m not to go ape-sh*t angry just because the Hollywood d-bags are remaking a great film because of their own lack of originality. I’ll either see it, or I will not. Thanks for the heads up, Ryan.

  2. Why does Hollywood always choose the BEST asian films to remake instead of trying improve some of their worser ones? They’ll never be able to beat the original Audition, it’s flawless, but I guess they only care about the money, not making a better film 😦

    1. Completely agree. The remakes that work tend to be the ones that were able to improve on the original film. It’s a shame that they continue to do this. Waste of everyone’s time.

  3. Ryan, and the “gut-punch finale” you speak of here is not even the most chilling moment of the movie; the potato sack scene is. The finale is intense and gross, but that potato sack scene is executed so well and catches you so off-guard…it goes down as one of the truly creepiest moments of horror cinema for me; and I’m pretty confident saying many horror fans would agree with me.

    So, with that in mind, how in the heck will they pull that off in a remake? Whatever similar scene they try to emulate will be seen a mile away, and will not get that element of surprise that took so many by storm in the original adaptation. I’m all for a quality remake, but I’m not so sure they will be able to execute this one very well. But I will give it a shot. I think they need to make all new scenes and not emulate the original’s or it will just be predictable and dull. I guess if the right creative mind came along, they could do the novel justice without compromising the original film. Here’s to hoping.

    1. Yeah, that’s the thing about this remake. The novel was already adapted so well with the original film that the remake is just going to have an uphill battle the whole way through. They say it’s going to be a retelling of the novel and less a remake of the first film so who knows, maybe they will bring a different style to the remake and add stuff that wasn’t in the film that is in the novel.

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