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Wolfgang Petersen talks PAPRIKA remake

Joshua Brunsting

March 25th, 2010

One of the most underrated films of the past decade is set to get a remake, we know, but just what is the film set to be like?

Well, speaking to MTV (via The Playlist), director Wolfgang Petersen got a chance to discuss his upcoming remake of Satoshi Kon’s 2006 masterpiece, PAPRIKA. The film sounds a bit like the upcoming Chris Nolan film, INCEPTION, and revolves around the theft of a machine that lets people into the dreams of others.

According to Petersen, it’s also going to be a rather big film.

"We have a young writer on it, and he just delivered a very specific and detailed treatment that we’re working on. And then if that’s a go then he will write the screenplay and that will go very fast because the treatment is already very detailed. So I’m very excited about that. I would say it’s on the fast track…We open it up a little bit more so it’s more accessible for a wide audience, but it comes a little bit sort of "Matrix" feel. Not like Matrix but sort of the size of it all, the scope of it all. So that it becomes more of a film for a mainstream audience."

So while I personally don’t get why the film is being remade, particularly in a world that will have both an anime version of the story and a live action film that’s so similar in INCEPTION - it’s a bit of a weird timing situation.  The original film is so good that it’s going to be really hard for a live action film to repeat any of that film’s success.  It’s such a visual explosion that it’s going to be hard to impossible for the live action film to follow suit.

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