Acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's pet project, The Mask of the Black Death, a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, is getting a second chance at life via a pair of Chinese production companies. The director of such classic cinema titles like Yojimbo, Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress, Kurosawa was diligently working on an adaptation of the horror master's tale of a heartless nobleman who unknowingly invites death into his private masked ball after attempting to save himself from the plague.
According to Indiewire, Chinese studios Huayi Brothers and CKF Pictures will team up to create a movie based on Kurosawa’s 20-year-old screenplay, which is set in Russia in the early 20th century. Like Poe's haunting 1842 short story, The Mask of the Black Death also concerns humanity's battle with a ravaging pandemic and the country’s selfish prince sequestering himself inside his regal palace while the peasants of his lands suffer. Plans are to develop the project and bring the Japanese legend's vision of Poe to life by 2020.
"Mask is one of Kurosawa’s films that never made it to the big screen," said CFK founder Chen Kuo-Fu. "So we thought, ‘Why don’t we make the film for him?’"
While no one can replace the distinctive style of Kurosawa, let's hope some of his genius made it to the script pages and can be somehow channeled onto the screen. Are you interested in seeing an immortal Poe story as told through one of the greatest filmmakers of all time?
(Via Bloody Disgusting)