audition

Australian director Richard Gray (Blinder, Summer Coda) is set to shoot an English-language adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel Audition.

The news was first broken via Gray’s Twitter account, with details added by Deadline.

Audition is perhaps most famous for Takashi Miike’s 1999 cinematic retelling, considered still one of the most notorious Japanese horror movies ever made (for reasons we don’t care to relay here, but super encourage you to Google).

The original story concerns a widower who attempts to find a new wife by putting out a fake casting call, only to find himself entangled with a seriously damaged young woman.

In Gray’s new take, the protagonist is called Sam Davis, while the woman he chooses is, this time around, a ballerina named Evie Lawrence.

Gray’s last American effort, The Lookalike, is still awaiting release. He will begin shooting Audition after wrapping the Jason Momoa thriller Sugar Mountain.