Focus Features has picked up the North American distribution rights to The Forest, a supernatural thriller based on an original idea by David S. Goyer (he of the infamous She-Hulk porn star comment), who is also producing.
The project comes with Jason Zada attached to direct and a script by Sarah Cornwell. David Linde’s Lava Bear Films is producing the film along with Goyer and Nellie Reed under his Phantom Four banner. Forest is set in the legendary Aokigahara forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Forest centers on “a young American woman who comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings not to ‘stray from the path,’ she dares to enter the forest to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who now prey on anyone who crosses their paths.”
Cornwell rewrote the original script by Goyer. Zada is a commercial and music video director who directed Take This Lollipop, a creepy interactive short that connected to Facebook and made it appear that a killer was stalking you. It was viewed more than 7 million times during its debut week in 2011.
Source & Images: The Hollywood Reporter