Cannes: Shinji Aoyama to Direct 'True Horror Story' as Japan-Malaysia Co-Production
Principal photography will start early 2016 on the supernatural story based, which is based on eerie real events in Malaysia.
Auteur Shinji Aoyama has been tapped to direct a Japan-Malaysia horror co-production tentatively called True Horror Story about the supernatural phenomena that sweep up a Japanese couple who set up home in Malaysia.
The cast will be primarily Japanese and the crew will be a mixture of Japanese and Malaysian talents, while funding will be split evenly between the Japanese and Malaysian stakeholders.
Empire Film Solution will take on Malaysian distribution already confirmed, and a Japanese distribution deal is also in place, the companies said in a statement.
Japanese production company, Roads to Shangri-la Inc. will be the Japanese backer while ColorBird will handle global sales outside of Malaysia. A Japanese distribution deal is also in place.
"It's unique and original premise is not just intriguing but coupled with Aoyama’s direction should be a vision that is both distinctive yet commercially accessible," said ColorBird CEO Yasushi Miyamae.
Rahmat Adam, Barnet Books Head of Content, said the two companies had been looking for a project for several years.
"With story elements primarily drawn from Malaysia and with Japanese characters in key roles, this is a collaboration that fits perfectly in both of our companies’ vision which is to make commercially accessible films for the world audience," said Adam.