Shimizu, Madhouse to Adapt Siberian Express into Anime
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The Siberian Express (Siberia Chōtokkyū) cult suspense film series by film critic and director Haruo Mizuno is being made into anime with the Madhouse animation studio and director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge film franchise). Mizuno (who goes by the pen name "Mike Mizuno") began the film series in 1996 after deciding he could write and direct a feature-length homage to the classic suspense films by Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho). Four more Siberian Express films have since been made, most of which have been entirely set on one train. The anime project is planned as an anthology work with several directors. The animation Studio Madhouse (NANA, Death Note) will produce at least one of the parts, and Shimizu will participate in the project in an unspecified role.