Kirino novel won Japan award for crime fiction

New Line Cinema has optioned “Out,” a 1997 novel by Natsuo Kirino that won Japan’s Grand Prix Award for crime fiction. Hideo Nakata is attached to direct, and Joe Forte will write the thriller’s script.

Amanda Stern, Fred Bodner and Julie Glucksman are set to produce.

Drama, the first Kirino novel to be published in English, revolves around a Tokyo woman who murders her abusive husband and enlists three fellow factory workers to cut up and dispose of the body.

Nakata, best known for directing the original versions of “The Ring” and “Dark Water,” is currently filming “The Last 21 Days of L” in Japan and Thailand.

Forte’s recent credits include the Warner Bros. actioner “Firewall” and “Flashpoint,” which producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Meg LeFauve are developing at Paramount.

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