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Jason Zada to direct supernatural thriller The Forest for Focus Features

05.22.2014by: Kevin Woods

Focus Features has announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's THE FOREST, a supernatural thriller is being directed by Jason Zada from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and based on an original idea by screenwriter David S. Goyer.

The Forest is a supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone's warnings not to "stray from the path," Sara 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.

Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, stated...

"'The Forest' will be a cinematic journey to a dark and terrifying place and I’m happy to be on that journey with Jason Zada, David Goyer, David Linde, and Tory Metzger. The supernatural scares of the 'The Forest' will be something that will genuinely thrill audiences."

Lava Bear Films is producing the film along with Goyer and Nellie Reed under his Phantom Four banner. Focus Features plans to release the film on January 8, 2016. Concurrently, Good Universe has partnered with Lava Bear to handle international sales on the film.

Extra Tidbit: Will you want to visit THE FOREST in 2016?
Source: Coming Soon

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