Splendent Media Picks up Remake Rights to Most ofAkira Kurosawa’s Films

August 23rd, 2011 by Graham McMorrow

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Akira Kurosawa, one of the greatest directors of all-time is no stranger to adaptations, some of his best works are from previous sources.  Two well known examples being High and Low as an adaptation of Ed McBain’s King’s Ransom and Yojimbo is based on Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest.  Adaptions and remakes though, that’s like comparing apples and some lesser fruit.

Many of his movies have at one time or another been in development as a remake, most of his work didn’t belong to just one studio, that is until Splendent Media came along recently and picked up the remake rights to 26 of Kurosawa’s films including Yojimbo, Dreams, Kagemusha, Ran, and Rashomon.  In addition, Variety also reports Splendent now owns 24 films Kurosawa wrote but didn’t direct and 19 unproduced screenplays. [official site]

With his work being remade quite well before (A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven) it’s hard to say if this is a good or bad thing considering those movies are now considered treasure of film history.  His work should be considered art,  and if the only way to have people go back and look at it is to be reminded by a remake, what else can you do?  Can that be said of every director (see: Gus Van Sans Psycho remake)?

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