Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors of all-time. It’s indisputable so don’t even try. However, his work is not immune from the clutches of remakes and his classics Seven Samurai, High and Low, Ikiru, and Drunken Angel have all been in development at one point or another. However, most of his work has remained out of the hands of a single company until now. Variety reports that new production company Splendent Media (the folks behind Al Pacino’s upcoming film Wild Salome) has picked up the remake rights to 26 of Kurosawa’s films including Yojimbo, Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, and Rashomon. In addition, Splendent also now owns 24 films Kurosawa wrote but didn’t direct and 19 unproduced screenplays.
Hit the jump for why you shouldn’t be dismayed.