I first caught wind of this from iwatchstuff.com and decided to check splendent media out myself. It’s not a robust site by any means and seems to be only beginning to really blossom. At its home page, there is mention of that Los-Angeles-based film and television Production Company having been founded as recently as 2010. Good on them for having secured what they call a “multi-year deal to serve as worldwide representatives outside of Japan for rights to 69 titles written by master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa”. You can take a look at the site for the catalogue, they’ve got all the fixins.
As for any imminent Kurosawa remakes, we should keep a watch out for another remake of seven samurai and a remake of high and low. The seven samurai remake may come by way of Scott Mann, while the high and low remake may come by way of Chris Rock who spoke about his plans to Black Voices as per slashfilm.com. Chris Rock is apparently writing the screenplay for Mike Nichols.
This news is bound to make some feel uneasy as all too often we see remakes butcher the original. There are of course some exceptions. Though not exactly the same, many of Shakespeare’s plays have been remade or reimagined using cinema and some of those ventures have been success (depending on who you talk to). Hec, Even Kurosawa did it. Take a look at throne of blood (based on Macbeth) or Ran (based in part on king Lear).
Though I think we might be in for some lame remakes, I personally will hope for some brilliant reimagining that will bring back interests to the master’s work as remakes of Shakespeare’s works have brought back some new interests into his.
P.S. If you don't know who Akira Kurosawa is or have yet to see his work, do yourself a favor and pick some of his stuff up. Below are links to his movies on the amazon site. High and Low was just released by Criterion in an amazing looking blu ray format. I also included some of his movies that I can vouch for!