Elevator’s Turning Japanese

Oct 8, 2009

Louis Malle’s noirish French New Wave forerunner Elevator to the Gallows is getting a surprising new lift. The Japanese producer and distributor Kadokawa Pictures (once upon a time known as Daiei Motion Picture Company) is currently in production on a remake of the shadowy, stylish thriller, which originally starred Maurice Ronet and, in a breakout role, Jeanne Moreau. Their parts will now be filled by Hiroshi Abe (the star of Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking) and Michiko Kichise. According to Screen Daily, the project has received the blessing of Malle’s son, producer Manuel Cuotemoc Malle. Principal photography on the film, directed by Akira Ogata, will wrap at the end of October.