If you're the type to do it, now is the time to tune up your nerd rage dispensers, as Satoshi Kon's Paprika is getting its own Hollywood adaptation. There's no word on whether it's a live-action thing (as with Ghost in the Shell) or new animated thing (ala Astro Boy). While the latter is certainly possible, Paprika's pretty recent, so my bet's on the former.
Wolfgang Petersen, the man behind Troy and Air Force One, had this to say about being tapped to direct the film:
"The original one—the anime that I saw—my people here they came to me and said, 'Have a look at this.' And I saw it and bingo, I thought, 'This is fantastic. This is a great piece.' That will be a very, very interesting movie.
We open it up a little bit more so it's more accessible for a wide audience, but it comes a little bit sort of Matrix. Not like Matrix but sort of the size of it all, the scope of it all. So that it becomes more of a film for a mainstream audience."
Hm. I can see where the whole "dream therapy" concept and the DC Mini might overlap with the virtual-world setting of The Matrix, but still. Well, whatever works, I suppose.
Anyone in DO WANT territory on this?