Game of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer and Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney have just begun work on The Forest, a supernatural thriller directed by Jason Zada, with production underway in Tokyo and around the Aokigahara forest at Mt. Fuji’s base. The film’s based on an original idea by David S. Goyer (the Dark Knight trilogy, Da Vinci’s Demons) and was written by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca. Lava Bear Films and AI Film are co-financing and co-producing the thriller.
“We are proud to see this film going into production and fortunate to have AI Film join us on the film,” said Lava Bear head David Linde. “The team both in front of and behind the camera promises to deliver a well-crafted thriller designed to engage audiences all over the world.”
AI Film CEO and executive producer Aviv Giladi added, “We are thrilled to be working with David Linde’s Lava Bear and Focus Features on this film, who have brought on board a great cast and creative team which is already attracting the attention of international distribution.”
Focus Features has planned a January 8, 2016 U.S. release date.
The Forest, which is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, tells the story of a young American woman who goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.
-By Rebecca Murray
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