Sunday, November 30, 2008

Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth" to be adapted into a Japanese stage play

by Chris MaGee

In the contiuing saga of remakes, re-imaginings, and general cross-pollination between Japanese and American films we get the story, care of Tokyograph that Joel Schumacher's 2003 thriller "Phone Booth" has been adapted by theatre director Ayako Ooki into a live stage play titled "Call" set to premiere at the The Globe Tokyo On January 30th.

For those of you who need a little refresher "Phone Booth" starred Colin Farrell as a man being held hostage by an anonymous sniper, Voiced by "24" star Keifer Sutherland, in a Manhattan phone booth. For this stage production the setting has been shifted to "the bustle of Shinjuku, Kabukicho" and Farrell's role will be taken on by Keiichiro Koyama (above) of Japanese boy band NEWS.

Interesting premise, I think. The static location of the original film definitely has some live theatrical potential. I'll keep my eyes open for any still from the production to share with you all.

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