Deadline reported on Aug 22, 2022, that Yasutaka Tsutsui’s Paprika novel will be getting a live-action adaptation by Amazon Studios and Hivemind. The novel was previously adapted by Satoshi Kon for his 2006 anime film of the same name.
Cathy Yan, who has previously directed Birds of Prey and Dead Pigs, will serve as the executive producer and the director of Paprika’s live action adaptation. Ash Sarohia (under the banner of Rewild), Masi Oka and Hivemind’s Jason F. Brown will also serve as executive producers.
Paprika is a 1993 techno-thriller novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It first appeared in Marie Claire magazine in four parts; the January 1991, March 1992, August 1992, and June 1993 issues. A manga adaption of the novel was created by Reiji Hagiwara in 1995 but was not published until 2003.
The novel was adapted into animated film in 2006 directed by Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse. Original author Tsutsui voiced the bartender in the movie. It was Kon’s fourth and final feature film before his death in 2010.
The movie itself was then adapted into a second manga the following year by Eri Sakai. The novel was translated into English by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books in April 2009.
The story is about a battle between a dream terrorist who steals a device that allows others to share their dreams and causes nightmares for people, and a research psychologist who enters the dream world and changes into Paprika, a dream detective, to investigate the cases.