We here at Horror News Network are saddened to report that Haruo Nakajima, the talented actor who portrayed the legendary Godzilla in every film from the original 1954 classic to 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan, has passed away at the age of 88. Nakajima’s other monster roles included Toho, Mothra, and even King Kong in 1967’s King Kong Escapes. Before his big break into famous monster characters, Nakajima performed in small roles in Japanese samurai and war films. He even played the part of a bandit in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Chinese film studio CKF pictures and Huayi Brothers Media announced at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday that they will team to produce a film based on a script by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
The film (which is tentatively slated for a 2020 release and is titled Masque of the Black Death) is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death”. Poe’s story (which received the Roger Corman-treatment in 1964 and naturally starred perenial Poe actor Vincent Price) tells the tale of Prince Prospero, a vain and foolish man who invites all of his rich friends to a party so they can ignore and dismiss the terrible plague happening outside of the walls of the castle. As is usually the case in these situations, even all of the Prince’s wealth and influence can not protect him and his guests from a visit from “the Red Death”. read more