David S Goyer’s script, The Forest, has been picked up by David Linde’s Lava Bear Films for North American distribution.
The movie, set in the legendary Aokigahara forest in Japan which has become notorious for the amount of people who seem to go there to kill themselves. It’s the source of many ghost stories and the movie will be directed by music video director Jason Zada from a script by Sarah Cornwell who rewrote from Goyer’s original idea.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”
Curiously, in the trend where every few years two movies come out based on the same concept – Armaggeddon and Deep Impact, Ants and A Bug’s Life etc – Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, which will star Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe is set around the same location.