Although remakes of classic films are still generally regarded as fool’s errands, these days producers are finding new ways to revisit well-known stories while avoiding direct comparisons to the original. The so-called golden age of television has certainly opened a lot of doors in that regard and now Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is the latest stone cold classic to get adapted for the small screen. Amblin Television has been developing a TV series version of the 1950 film for a couple of years and now HBO Max has boarded the project along with writers Billy Ray (The Comey Rule) and Virgil Williams (Mudbound). Amblin Partners co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey had this to say:
“Truth has become increasingly fractured in this age of cable news and social media’s ‘say it and it’s true’ culture. Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece was not just a murder mystery; it was a revolution in storytelling, as cinema’s most impactful and influential early exploration of subjective points of view and flawed narration. Seventy years after the film’s release, the legacy of Rashomon is indisputable and its central themes more relevant than ever. Our series will honor the impact of the original work and explore the age-old concept of objective truth versus subjective perspective in our modern times.”
The series will take place in a modern setting and will “center on a grisly sexual assault and murder and the unraveling mystery as seen through multiple characters’ competing narratives.” Each episode will show the events from a different character’s perspective, which is actually an interesting way to approach it. Future seasons might focus on a different event but using the same format. The show seems to have the full support of Kurosawa’s family as well, although you have to wonder why they couldn’t just use the idea without the Rashomon name. Do you have any interest in a Rashomon TV series?