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Last year we posted a trailer for something called “Cup of Tears”, which at the time I thought was a trailer for an upcoming movie. As it turns out, it wasn’t; it was just a short film, a reel if you will, albeit a very slick and expensive looking one, by director David Shore to drum up interest in a feature-length movie based on the short. Now it looks like that has paid off, as THR reports that Universal and Working Title have acquired rights to the short and will turn it into a movie.
The original plot, though it may be going through some changes for the feature-film version, goes something like this:
Cup Of Tears follows a scorned geisha who creates a magical cup made of tears that causes any man who drinks from it to fall into a permanent sleep. One night the cup is stolen, setting off a chain of events that threatens civil war amongst the clans. Taro, a gifted samurai, sets out to find the cup and one who can break the spell.
Shore will remain on the film, and has already written a feature-length treatment. The studio will bring on another writer to adapt it into a screenplay, after which Shore will direct the movie version.
It’s a little hard to explain “Cup of Tears”, so here’s the original trailer. See for yourself what got the suits all excited.