Deadline confirms that Mario Kassar, the producer of Basic Instinct, Rambo and Terminator, is putting together a remake of the 1999 hands-over-your-eyes Japanese film, which was based on the novel by Ryu Murakami.
The film tells the story of a lonely single father who is convinced by a friend to hold fake auditions for actresses, when he’s actually looking for a girlfriend. Needless to say, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
The remake will transplant the action to America, and is to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike) and focuses on “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.”
While an open mind is always the best approach when considering remakes, reimaginings and reboots, it is difficult to think what a remake could possibly bring to Audition. Gray will face that challenge when production starts this Autumn. “Kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri…”