EXCLUSIVE: AI Film has come aboard supernatural thriller The Forest as co-financier and co-producer. Game Of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer and Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney star in the film that began principal photography today in Tokyo. The Lava Bear Films project has Focus Features releasing domestically on January 8. Jason Zada is making his feature debut based on an original idea from David S. Goyer.
Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca wrote the script for The Forest, which is produced by Lava Bear and Goyer, under his Phantom Four banner. Shooting in Tokyo and the environs surrounding the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, the story follows Sara, a young American who goes in search of her mysteriously disappeared twin sister. Despite warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders that way.
“We are proud to see this film going into production and fortunate to have AI Film join us,” said Lava Bear head David Linde. “The team both in front of and behind the camera promises to deliver a well-crafted thriller designed to engage audiences all over the world.”
AI Film, the feature production and financing company owned by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, is headed by CEO Aviv Giladi. Blavatnik, Giladi and Lawrence Bender are exec producers for AI. Giladi says, “We are thrilled to be working with David Linde’s Lava Bear and Focus Features on this film, who have brought on board a great cast and creative team which is already attracting the attention of international distribution.”
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