The migration of significant talent and content to Television is reaching new levels.
20 years ago the idea of Steven Spielberg's Amblin adapting Akira Kurosawa's classic Rashomon for TV would seem beyond ludicrous.
And yet like so many bizarre things, it makes perfect sense in 2018.
Indiewire picked up the story recently, and it's been covered just about everywhere, that Amblin Television is developing Kurosawa's groundbreaking movie about the truth being altered through perception into a 10 part series.
Earlier this year Amblin had great success with The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. They also have a handful of other high profile series in development.
It has been said many times that we are living in the golden age of television, or maybe now it would make more sense to call it the golden age of streaming...
Whatever you want to call it, more and more platforms means more room for material. Even though this move represents a decision to revamp older IP rather than finding
It's interesting to think of Rashomon being adapted, it is such an influential piece of filmmaking that it has really already been adapted a million times over. Rashomon's effect on how stories are told is widespread. Wasn't the genius of True Detective season one largely due to it's take on the Rashomon formula?
It was. That's a rhetorical question.
Let's see what Amblin has in mind with the adaptation though, I'm certainly not going to wag my finger if someone wants to remind everyone of Akira Kurosawa's enduring genius. As far as I'm concerned, he's the GOAT!
The reality is TV and streaming has a lot of room for content, so if you're thinking about a feature project, consider how it might work as an anthology series, or a limited series, or an ongoing show. You'll have more options and more opportunities.