Hideo Nakata to Direct THE SUICIDE FOREST

Comic adaptation lands director.

Japanese filmmaker Hideo Nakata (‘Death Note: L Change the World,’ ‘The Ring Two,’ ‘Ringu’) has been tapped to direct a live action feature adaptation of IDW Publishing’s ‘The Suicide Forest,’ reports Deadline.

The four issues mini-series was written by El Torres and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez, and is officially described as follows:

“Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan… which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming—haunting deep in those ancient woods. This series from the creators of the acclaimed ‘The Veil’ examines the lives of Alan, an average worker from Tokyo and his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victim’s bodies from the woods. We discover that behind Ryoko’s unconcerned surface lies a secret, and these three lives will be forever changed by the darkness waiting for them in the Suicide Forest.”

Takashige Ichise is producing, along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee. Ted Adams and John Middleton of IDW Publishing will serve as executive producers. The team is now out to writers for the screenplay.