Amblin Television has optioned the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic Rashomon to turn into a dramatic mystery thriller series. The plan it to make each 10-episode season focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view. The differing characters’ perspectives will allow the audience to come away with the truth behind each mystery.
The series will be executive produced by Amblin TV’s co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, with Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood and Opus 7’s Leigh Ann Burton.
“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 in a statement. “It will explore the boundaries of truth and how different perspectives don’t often reveal the same reality. We also couldn’t be happier to be in business with Mark, Leigh Ann, and David who are great producers and partners.”
The movie, which starred Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo and Masayuki Mori, revolved around the rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband. The incident is recalled from the perspectives of different characters, from the bride and a thief to the murdered samurai’s ghost.
“We can’t wait to dig in with Justin and Darryl and everyone at Amblin as we adapt this iconic title for television,” said Canton, whose company Atmosphere is behind the Starz series Power. “We feel this storytelling approach and the way it explores truth and reality is especially timely in today’s world.”
The potential series joins an Amblin TV slate that already includes the adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix and Amazing Stories at Apple, along with the CW’s upcoming Roswell, New Mexico; current series like CBS’ Bull; and the just-wrapped The Americans for FX.