Remake begins shooting on April 14

Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan Lothaire Bluteau, Carmen Chaplin and Reshad Strik have joined Distant Horizon’s English-language remake of Japanese chiller “Don’t Look Up.”

Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan will direct the pic, which lenses in Los Angeles beginning April 14. Production had previously been set for Romania (Daily Variety, Sept 5).

Set in an abandoned movie studio, pic charts the unraveling sanity of a director and his crew when spirits from another era invade the film stock of the contempo production.

Movie is a Distant Horizon production with Japanese companies Action 5 and Hakuhodo. Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and Brian Cox will produce, along with Yoko Asakura of Action 5. Richard Jeffery and Philip Lee are executive producers.

The remake rights were bought from Wowow subsidiary Suncent Cinema Works in 2003. Distant Horizon previously sought Nakata to remake his own film. “Joyuu-Rei” was produced in 1996 by Bandai Visual, with Bitters End and Wowow.

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