In the late 1960s, Akira Kurosawa was working on a number of international projects. Most famously, he spent over a year writing and preparing Runaway Train and another year and a half on the war film Tora! Tora! Tora!. Neither project went his way.
There were also other projects, including rumours about a planned collaboration between Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini. Little is generally known about the project or how seriously the three filmmakers ever considered it. It is something of a surprise then to hear that not only does a screenplay exist, but that it will actually be turned into a film.
Apparently written in 1969 by Bergman, the 90-page handwritten script for Sixty Four Minutes with Rebecka was found among the materials that he donated to the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in the early 2000s. It has now been turned into a radio play that will premiere on the 6th of November at the Swedish radio. Production has also started on a film version that will premiere in 2018 to coincide with Bergman’s centenary celebrations. Both the radio play and the film will be directed by Suzanne Osten.
For more information, check out the Dagens Nyheter article about the announcement. They also have an English language excerpt from the script.
23 November 2016
Such mixed feelings. Excited to see the screenplay come to life, but I must ask-can any filmmaker possibly be trusted to do justice to the works of Kurosawa, Bergman and Fellini?