Nakata will run rings around ‘Entity’ redo

'Antarctica' scribe DiGilio penned updated script

HOLLYWOOD — Japanese helmer Hideo Nakata (“Ringu,” “Dark Water”) will segue from a sequel to “The Ring” at DreamWorks Pictures to an under-$15 million remake of “The Entity” at Fox Searchlight.

Pic is being produced by Mark Gordon and Bob Yari of Stratus Films and by Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. Stratus’ Brad Jenkel will exec produce with Japanese producer Taka Ichise’s Ozla Pictures.

Based on the Frank De Felitta novel of the same name, the 1981 original “Entity” pic starred Barbara Hershey. Story follows a woman whose life crumbles when she believes she is being repeatedly molested and raped by an unseen paranormal force. Terrified, she turns to a parapsychologist to investigate her claims.

Updated script comes from David DiGilio, who recently penned “Antarctica” at Disney’s Buena Vista Motion Picture Group. That pic was to have begun lensing in April under the helm of longtime Mouse House physical production capo Bruce Hendricks but was put on ice because of a rising budget created by logistical problems.

Fox Searchlight senior VP Julia Dray and VP Lawrence Grey are overseeing the “Entity” project’s progress toward production.

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