David Goyer, the uber-successful screenwriter of BATMAN BEGINS and MAN OF STEEL (as well as DEMONIC TOYS and THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS), is producing the supernatural thriller THE FOREST for Lava Bear Films, reports Deadline.com.
Goyer hatched the story for THE FOREST, which is being kept under wraps. All we know is that it takes place in the Aokigahara forest of Japan, aka the Suicide Forest. According to Wikipedia, the forest is a popular place for suicides, reportedly the most popular in Japan. Statistics vary, but what is documented is that during the period leading up to 1988, about 100 suicides occurred there every year. The forest is reputedly haunted by the Yūrei (angry spirits) of those left to die.
Jason Zada will make his directorial debut on the film; he's made several stylish music videos, television commercials and short films (including the uber-creepy "Take This Lollipop".) Production will begin in the summer.
Below you'll find a short Vice documentary about the forest. Fairly chilling stuff.