Exclusive: Kitamura Revisits Versus for America!

We're getting our own Versus!In the year 2000 a Japanese zombie action epic called Versus exploded onto the scene, thereby putting director Ryuhei Kitamura on the map of just about every horror fan who knows their stuff. Now he’s ready to give us Westerners a Versus of our very own!

Butane called in from Fantasia with this report:

Kitamura just announced that he’s working on an American version of Versus. He just finished a draft of the script and will do one more to polish it up. It’s going to be a few years before it’s made, as he’s doing an action film first, but he stated, and I quote: “The US Versus will be insane!”

Bring it on, baby!

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  • Caterpillar

    DEATH TRANCE is the better VERSUS.

  • Undeadmin

    NOw this Im excited about. I loved Versus and getting a chance to unleash any of that film’s awesomeness again makes me happy.

  • Nomad

    I remember the first time I watched Versus. It was getting toward the final fight and the two opponents were standing back to back and they were traveling around them with the camera as if having a silent pose off. I nodded off. When I snapped back awake, they were still posing but they’d shifted position slightly. It is this movie and Junk that made me not rent movies for how cool the cover looked. You’d think buying comics all those years would have taught me that.

    • frank_dracman

      Gasp! You didn’t like Junk?! I bought that movie on Ebay because I read a review right here on Dread Central (or rather it’s previous incarnation) and thought it looked good. And it was. Really good. Beats seeing another black-haired ghost story. Let me guess, you didn’t like Wild Zero either, right?

  • frank_dracman

    I love Versus. Sure, it was a brain-dead plot and you could tell it was shot a a budget, but they still managed to knock it out of the park. That’s how it’s done, guys.

  • Caterpillar

    Unlike most foreign directors Kitamura should do really well in Hollywood since, much like Timur Bekmambetov, he has the whole style over substance thing down pat. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s fluent in English thanks to his years studying in Australia. I’ve always said that if you give the guy the right screenplay he can do great stuff but I’m not so sure of his merits as a writer-director. VERSUS had its moments of inspired lunacy and nobody can argue with its party flick prowess but it was also a total mess and makes not a lick of sense. I’m more interested in that unnamed action flick he’s apparently doing than in the Americanized VERSUS for now.