Late Legend Kurosawa’s THE MASQUE OF THE BLACK DEATH Resurrects In Huayi’s Slate
Acclaimed auteur Kurosawa Akira is making his posthumous return to the big screen amid Huayi Brothers Media’s latest announcement of its film slate. Among its titles is reported to be The Masque Of The Black Death, based on the intriguing short story work of Edgar Allan Poe which tells of a prince and his noblemen fending off an outside epidemic with an elaborate masquerade within their castle.
The legendary award-winning filmmaker of such titles as Seven Samurai – the film that inspired many Western remakes thereafter as The Magnificent Seven, as well as Ran, Yojimbo and Kagemusha, began the script in 1975 and finished it before passing away in 1998. Huayi will be partnering with Chen Kuo-fu’s CKF Pictures for the film’s completion hopefully by 2020 while a director remains to be seen.
Others in the slate include Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings starring Mark Chao, a prequel to the 2008 fantasy horror Painted Skin, mobile game adaptation Onmiyoji for 2018, and Mojin Returns following its 2015 box office hit predecessor which starred Shu Qi.