Hisao Kurosawa, the president of Kurosawa Productions, has confirmed that he is in discussions with DreamWorks over a remake of his father Akira Kurosawa's 1952 classic Ikiru (pictured).
Kurosawa, however, declined to comment on the production, saying that negotiations were still ongoing.
According to press reports, DreamWorks' Walter Parkes and Stone Village Productions' Scott Steindorff have been named to produce the film.
Among other Kurosawa films remade abroad are Seven Samurai (1954), which inspired John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven (1960); Rashomon (1950), which became Martin Ritt's The Outrage (1964); and Yojimbo (1961), which Sergio Leone appropriated for his 1964 remake A Fistful of Dollars.
Also, George Lucas adapted elements from Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress for Star Wars, most famously two comic farmers who were re-interpreted as the robots R2D2 and C3PO.