Akira Kurosawa’s Classic Film RASHOMON Is Being Adapted into a TV Series by Amblin

Amblin Television has picked up the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed 1950 film Rashomon, and they plan to develop it into an anthology series.

If you’ve never seen Rashomon, you need to remedy that immediately. It’s an incredible film and here are the basic details about it:

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

As for how the series will be produced, Variety explains that each season of the 10 episode series “would focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view where each of the main characters provides a unique and different perspective of the event based on their specific and subjective point of view. Only by watching each of the episodes, and seeing the differing character’s perspectives, will the audience come away with the truth behind the mystery.”

Amblin TV’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, will executive produce the projects and they had this to say a statement:

“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series. It will explore the boundaries of truth and how different perspectives don’t often reveal the same reality.”

Producer Leigh Ann Burton added:

“We can’t wait to dig in with Justin and Darryl and everyone at Amblin as we adapt this iconic title for television. We feel this storytelling approach and the way it explores truth and reality is especially timely in today’s world. It has been an honor to work with the Kurosawa Estate, and to partner with Amblin Television and Mark Canton, to create a series inspired by “Rashomon,” written by Akira Kurosawa. I can think of no better way to introduce today’s television audience to the legacy of this brilliant and esteemed filmmaker.”

I’m actually looking forward to seeing how this Rashomon series turns out. Yeah, I know it probably won’t live up to the standards of the original film, but it could still end up being a great show to watch watch!

What do you all think about Rashomon being adapted into a TV anthology series?

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