Studio picks up book for Japanese helmer

New Line has acquired the Japanese novel “Out” and will draft it into an Americanized thriller that will be directed by Hideo Nakata.

Written by Natsuo Kirino, the book is a thriller about four female factory workers who band together when one kills her abusive husband. The Americanized version will be done in the spirit of “Thelma & Louise.”

Pic will be produced by Julie Glucksman, Amanda Stern and Fred Bodner, with exec veepee Mark Ordesky overseeing the book purchase. They expect to sign a writer quickly to work with Nakata, who is an interesting choice to Americanize a Japanese property. After all, he helmed “Ringu,” which DreamWorks turned into the hit “The Ring”; “Kaosu,” the remake of which is in development at Universal; and “Dark Water,” which also got an American makeover.

Nakata is making his U.S. feature debut with “The Ring 2” at DreamWorks.

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