Haikasoru is reporting that Sayuri Ueda’s short science fiction story “The Street of Fruiting Bodies” is being adapted into a feature film by Viz Productions. The screenplay will be written by Sam Hamm, the screenwriter of 1989’s Batman film.
Ueda’s short story originally appeared in Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan, a themed anthology containing fiction about Japan. “The Street of Fruiting Bodies” depicts the sudden spread of a mysterious and lethal species of hallucinogenic mushrooms that offers its victims visions of deceased loved ones. The infection hints at the possibility of an afterlife, or at least a new kind of existence that’s beyond human comprehension.
We’ll see if this “killer virus” story proves to be as enjoyable on film as it sounds. For its part, Viz has already had some success with the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt film Edge of Tomorrow, which was based on the Viz Media book All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.