Amazon Studios is once again adapting a novel into a film, this time Yōko Ogawa’s novel, The Memory Police.
The team behind this adaptation is very promising. It includes The Handmaid’s Tale director, Reed Morano, and scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman, who adapted Iain Reid’s novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things for Netflix earlier this year.
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The Memory Police was originally published in Japan in 1994, and was recently translated into English. Since then, it has received a lot of praise, getting a nomination for a World Fantasy Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award and for the International Booker Price.
The novel is set on a Japanese island where people mysteriously forget about objects, and where there is the “Memory Police” who are committed to make sure that those objects remain forgotten. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
The adaptation is still on the early stages of preproduction, and there is not yet a cast or an expected release date.