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Akira Kurosawa’s Edgar Allan Poe Script for Masque of the Red Death to be Produced by CKF Pictures

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