It appears that the 2006 anime film Paprika will join the latest anime/anime film to get a live-action adaptation. Let’s hope it goes better than the previous attempts at live-action adaptations of anime. However, thankfully, Cathy Yan has a good track record.

Yet Another Live Action Anime?

"Paprika" key visual from IMDb.
I did not realize that the Statue of Liberty was in my brain whenever I watch anime.

Deadline has just released a new report saying that the 2006 sci-fi psychological thriller anime film Paprika is now getting a live-action adaptation. This adaptation currently has an unknown number of episodes. Amazon Studios and Hivemind will be the studios responsible for it. Lastly, they’ve tapped Cathy Yan to not only direct it but also serve as one of the executive producers.

Cathy Yan photo from IMDb.
Clearly, monochrome is the new color.

Cathy Yan is a Chinese-American film director, screenwriter, and producer of relatively recent renown. With such critically acclaimed films as Dead Pigs (2018) and Birds of Prey (2020) under her metaphorical belt, it gives me a pretty decent amount of hope for this Paprika live-action adaptation. Not only that, but her producing partner, Ash Sarohia, will also be executive producing this adaptation under their Rewild banner. Masayoshi “Masi” Oka and Jason F. Brown of Hivemind will also executive produce this series. Hopefully, with such talent working on this adaptation, it won’t suck like a lot of live-action adaptations usually do.

Unfortunately, that’s all we have on this Paprika live-action adaptation at this time. We don’t even have a release window for you yet due to how new it is. Tune back THS later to find that out when we do.

Paprika: Details

There seem to be just as many nightmares as there are dreams in this anime film.

Paprika is a 2005 sci-fi psychological thriller anime film adaptation of the 1993 techno-thriller novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. MADHOUSE (Dragon Drive, Hunter x Hunter, One-Punch Man season 1) is the animation studio behind this anime film. Satoshi Kon was the director, and in fact, this was his last feature film before his passing. Kon also wrote the screenplay alongside Seishi Minakami. Jungo Maruta and Masao Takiyama produced it, with Michiya Katou responsible for cinematography, Takeshi Seyama editing, and Susume Hirasawa composing the music.

As for what Paprika is about? Well, Crunchyroll has an official synopsis for this anime film. Check it out below:

“In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name “PAPRIKA,” in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.”

Unfortunately, you have very limited options available if you want to stream Paprika. As of this writing, you can only buy or rent it from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. Maybe other streaming services will have this anime film at a later date?

Source: Deadline