Call me a cynic, but file this tidbit of news under the 'Things That Should Never and Will Never Happen' column. Moviehole has gotten word that director Wolfgang Petersen has quietly been preparing a live-action adaptation of the Japanese property Paprika. It is unclear at this point whether the man behind The NeverEnding Story will be using Satoshi Kon's recent anime as his launching point or if he'll be reaching farther back to the original source material, a 1993 novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think a live-action Paprika is by any means an impossible task, but it definitely isn't an advisable one. It would have to be backed by a massive budget to pull off the story of a detective chasing a murderer through the dreams of his victims, a budget I'm not sure any studio is going to give to a man whose last film was the critical and commercial failure Poseidon. My cynicism is lays not in whether it's possible to bring the limitless, illogical dreamscapes to the real world, just whether or not it's possible for Petersen.

Even with a limitless budget, there's just no matching the kinetic fury and awesome imagination found in Satoshi Kon's adaptation. If you haven't seen the film, watch the trailer below. It'll be obvious why some things are better left in the unbound hands of animation.
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