by Chris MaGee
Word from Tokyograph today of another Japanese pop culture phenomena coming to the big screen. In 2007 playwright turned author Hanta Kinoshita wrote a best-selling comedy mystery novel titled "Akuma no Elevator: Nightmare after a Secret" about four strangers: a man and his pregnant wife, a yakuza drug mule and a suicidal high school girl who get thrust together when the elevator they are riding in gets stuck. Like so many hot properties in Japan "Akuma no Elevator" was consequently adapted into a FujiTV hour long drama and a stage play (cast photo above) that ran at the Umeda Arts Theater this past September. Now actor Keisuke Horibe (The Magic Hour, Climbers High) will be making his directorial debut will be adapting the book into a film. Apparently filming has already been completed and should be released this fall. More news on this as it begins trickling out.