Hideo Nakata is the Japanese director responsible for kick-starting the J-Horror genre, and even to this day his masterful classic Ringu (above) sets the standards for most ghostly horror films. The man is well respected among the horror community, and when Nakata decides to return to the genre, horror fans should pay attention.
Screen Daily reports that Nakata has made a new horror called Ghost Theatre, and it is heading to the European Film Market looking for buyers, for which there seem to be plenty!
Per Screen Daily:
Japanese studio Nikkatsu is attending EFM with Hideo Nakata horror Ghost Theatre and Yuki Tanada’s Romance, which teams the female director with award-winning actress-singer Yuko Oshima.
Nakata is revisiting his roots with Ghost Theatre (working title), inspired by his 1996 horror Ghost Actress, made before he filmed The Ring franchise, which kicked off a worldwide interest in J-horror.
While Ghost Actress followed a vengeful spirit that drives a movie crew to insanity, Ghost Theatre is set in a haunted playhouse.
The film has been receiving offers even before footage is available, according to Nikkatsu reps.
Actresses Haruka Shimazaki and Rika Adachi head the cast of the film, which is currently in post-production.