A Los Angeles based company has picked up the rights to remake Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON. Harbor Light Entertainment is developing the project as a contemporary thriller under the name of RASHOMON: WHERE TRUTH LIES.
The original classic 1951 Japanese film told the story of a murder and rape from the points of view of four people: the woman who was raped, the accused rapist-killer, a witness and the spirit of a murdered man. RASHOMON has been remade two times since, the first being an American television adaptation in 1960 starring Ricardo Montalban. The second feature film version, under the title of THE OUTRAGE, was made in in 1964. That version was shot as a western, which starred Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom and William Shatner.
Harbor Light partners Edwin Marshall and Stuart Calcote will develop and produce the film, which they hope to get up and running by year's end with a wrap in early 2002. The film is likely to have a budget in the $40M range.