Takashi Shimizu in tune with thriller

Phoenix to produce pic from 'Ju-On' director

Takashi Shimizu has heard the sound of his next horror film. The director behind “Ju-On” and the English remake “The Grudge,” will direct a thriller about a haunted song that Phoenix Pictures will produce.

Chris Philpott penned the script, based on an idea by producer Taka Ichise and Shimizu, about a haunted song that drives its listeners to suicide. Project does not yet have a title.

Phoenix picked up the script from Ichise, who will produce through his Ozla Pictures banner, along with Phoenix’s Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Brad Fischer. Phoenix will finance the film.

Ozla’s VP Erin Eggers will exec produce, while Steve Zegans serves as co-producer.

Shimizu is wrapping up Japan’s first live-action 3-D feature, “The Shock Labyrinth,” which will be released in October by Asmik Ace.

Ichise, who produced Sony’s “The Grudge” and its sequel, as well as New Line’s “Shutter,” is producing Paramount’s first Japanese-language production, a remake of the studio’s “Ghost.”

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