Where has Wolfgang Petersen been hiding since the masterpiece that was 2006′s Poseidon? Yes, that was sarcasm, and it was wrong, but seriously he’s been out of the loop for a minute. According to Moviehole, the director may have been spending his time learning about the Japanese anime, Paprika. Sources are reporting that Petersen will direct a live-action adaptation of the popular novel turned animated film.
Paprika is an acclaimed novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It tells the story of a machine that allows a therapist to enter into the dreams of his patients. A serious problem arises when the device is stolen, and the only person who can stop the insanity is a young therapist named Paprika. The story has had runs in various publications, including a manga back in 2003.
If this is true, and Petersen is interested in adapting this story, I’m not so sure how I feel about it. He’s always been pretty hit or miss with me. The unnecessary remake of Poseidon left a bitter taste in my mouth. Besides Paprika, the director also has a deal with Sony to helm the sci-fi film, Uprising. We’ll see how that goes.
What do you think of Wolfgang Petersen directing, Paprika?