Deadline reported on Monday that a live-action series based on Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s sci-fi thriller novel Paprika is in production. Amazon Studios and Hivemind are collaborating on the series.
Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey, Dead Pigs) is serving as both the director and executive producer. Ash Sarohia (Killing Gunther), Yan’s producing partner at Rewild Media, is also credited as an executive producer, alongside Masi Oka (Death Note live-action) and Jason Brown (The Witcher).
Tsutsui originally serialized the novel in two parts in French-British international magazine Marie Claire in the January 1991–March 1992 and August 1992–June 1993 issues. Chuuoukouron-Shinsha published the novel in 1993. Alma Books released it in English in 2009.
Madhouse adapted the novel into an anime movie in 2006 with director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Sennen Joyuu) at the helm. In 2007, the movie won the Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music and the Newport Beach Film Festival for Best Animated Feature Film.
When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake. (Source: Vintage)
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