No film is safe from a remake, no matter what language they're in! It's been confirmed today that Bill Nighy will star in a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1952 classic Ikiru (Translation: To Live) at Number 9 Films.
Titled Living, the story will be set still in 1952 but will switch over to post-World War II London as the setting and feature Nighy as the character William, a veteran civil servant who, among endless bureaucracy that lands on his desk in rebuilding England, discovers he has a fatal illness. With that, William becomes determined to find more meaning in his remaining days.
The film is set up over at Number 9 Films and will be written by Kazuo Ishiguro, who is a Nobel and Booker Prize winner. Oliver Hermanus (The Endless River) will direct while Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education) has already been confirmed to co-star. Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen will produce with on location shooting to begin in the UK next spring. Stay tuned!