Amblin Television will adapt the 1950 Japanese psychological thriller “Rashomon” into a series. The studio announced today that it has optioned the rights to the film, and plans to tell the story over 10-episode seasons. The film was incredibly unique at the time, retelling the rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband through the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai’s ghost, and a woodcutter to let the audiences find the truth themselves.
“Rashomon” is an iconic film from Akira Kurosawa. One of the trademarks of the film is how the story was told through contradictory stories, shown through the different characters. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, and the film picked up an Academy Honorary Award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1952. “The Rashomon Effect,” is named after the film.
Each season of the 10-episode series will 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, each 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 (“The Americans,” “The Haunting of Hill House”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “The Haunting of Hill House”), along with Atmosphere’s Mark Canton (“Power”), and Leigh Ann Burton from Opus 7 are executive producers. David Hopwood from Atmosphere also executive produces.
“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series,” said Frank and Falvey. “It will explore the boundaries of truth and how different perspectives don’t often reveal the same reality,” said Frank and Falvey. “We also couldn’t be happier to be in business with Mark, Leigh Ann, and David, who are great producers and partners.”
“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,” said Mark Canton of Atmosphere.
“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,” said Leigh Ann Burton of Opus 7.
Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the Emmy Award-winning drama “The Americans” for FX, Emmy-nominated HBO movie “All The Way” starring Bryan Cranston, “Smash” for NBC, “Under the Dome” for CBS, “Falling Skies” for TNT, “The Borgias” and “The United States of Tara” for Showtime, “Las Vegas” for NBC, and the Rev Run and Justine Simmons family sitcom “All About the Washingtons” on Netflix.