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?