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Dreamworks Gets Writer For Resurrection Remake

21 August 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has been hired to write “Rainbow Bridge”, the DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese cult hit “Resurrection.” Bruce Joel Rubin is also well know for such scripts as Ghost, Jocob’s Ladder and Deep Impact. Directed by Akihiko Shiota, the original 2003 film follows a town that is thrown into shock when various dead former residents come back to life, but instead of being stereotypical zombies and ghouls, simply go about their former lives. Brad Krevoy, Mike Callaghan and Tetsu Fujimura are producing the remake alongside Shiota. Stay tuned to for the latest movie news and more from “Rainbow Bridge” and the studio DreamWorks. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Rainbow Bridge Gets A Ghost Writer

20 August 2009 1:21 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has signed up to pen an English language reworking of Akihiko Shiota's 2003 hit Yomigaeri for DreamWorks, which is currently going by the working title  Rainbow Bridge.Rubin, of course, is best know for his Oscar-winning screenplay for Ghost which yanked our heart strings and helped Whoopi Goldberg to an Oscar. This, along with his Jacob's Ladder script, more than qualifies him as something of a specialist in all things spectral and haunt-y, which is especially handy, because Yomigaeri is about a Japanese town haunted by spectres. We're saying it's not a coincidence.Yomigaeri - or 'Resurrection' in English - is a lot closer in spirit (geddit?) to Field Of Dreams or Cocoon than The Ring, though. The central character is a government official who is sent back to his hometown to investigate the mysterious reappearance, in non-zombie form, of people who've been dead for years. »

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'Ghost' Writer to do Zombies Next

19 August 2009 9:20 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

The Japanese zombie drama Resurrection is coming back to theatres as a Hollywood movie entitled Rainbow Bridge. Oscar-winner Bruce Joel Rubin has been hired to write the screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Resurrection, which was called Yomigaeri in Japanese, centers around a town in which residents who have been dead for years come back to life and return home to their families. The townspeople, however, simply go about their lives as if nothing is amiss.

The 2003 movie has been described as a supernatural-themed film without many chills, which ought to suit Rubin just fine. He previously won the Oscar for writing the 1990 movie Ghost, but that had very little horror in it; rather, it was more like a love story mixed with some action.

More recently, Rubin adapted The Time Traveler’s Wife, a love story with science fiction/fantasy elements. Starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, it debuted »

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Oscar winner to adapt 'Resurrection'

19 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has been hired to write the DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese cult hit "Resurrection," tentatively titled "Rainbow Bridge."

The scribe, who has already written an elaborate treatment for the project, will offer the kind of emotionally centered take for which he's historically been known.

DreamWorks acquired remake rights to "Resurrection," titled "Yomigaeri" in Japanese, last year. Akihiko Shiota's 2003 supernaturally themed pic centered on a town in which people who have been dead for decades come back to life. Instead of engaging in zombie behavior, though, the townspeople simply return to their normal lives as though nothing changed. Brad Krevoy, Mike Callaghan and Tetsu Fujimura are producing along with Shiota.

"Gladiator" scribe William Nicholson had initially been hired to write the script for the Steven Spielberg-Stacy Snider studio.

Rubin is best known for another from-beyond pic -- 1990's "Ghost," a love story that earned »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Dororo (2007) Movie Review

8 August 2009 12:40 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Manga adaptations have been hitting Japanese screens en masse in recent years, though fantasy sword epic “Dororo” does at least have an impeccable pedigree to set it out from the crowd, being based upon a long running series from the 1960s by the masterful Osamu Tezuka (who also created the much loved iconic “Astro Boy”). Having already been transformed into an anime, the comic made the leap to cinemas in 2007 at the hands of director Akihiko Shiota, previously responsible for the likes of “Canary” and “Harmful Insect”. The film was a massive hit on its original release, setting a domestic box office record by holding onto the top spot for an unprecedented six consecutive weeks, and is now finally available on region 2 DVD via Mvm, coming with a featurette and deleted scenes. Although it ostensibly takes place in the future, the film basically has a period setting, and begins as »

- James Mudge

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