'Final Destination' creator remaking J-horror pic

Will write and direct new version of 'Rinjin 13-go'

CANNES -- James Wong, director and creator of "Final Destination," is set to write and direct a remake of Yasuo Inoue's "The Neighbor Number 13" for Distant Horizon, the production and finance giant headed by Anant Singh.

The original Japanese film, "Rinjin 13-go," tells the story of a young boy who witnesses an extreme case of schoolyard bullying. The psychological effects are so disturbingly profound that 10 years later, as a young man, he is still obsessed with righting the wrong -- even if doing so takes him onto questionable moral ground.

Distant Horizon snapped up the remake rights from Japanese studio, Nikkatsu. Singh and Brian Cox will produce for Distant Horizon with Richard Guardian of sales and financier Lightning Entertainment aboard as executive producer.

"Our hope is that 'The Neighbor Number 13' will be a commercial success like 'Final Destination' was and also generate the same kind of franchise with James Wong at the helm," Singh said.

Said Wong: "I was seized by the concept after one viewing of Yasuo Inoue's movie, and it hasn't left me for a moment since. I think we have found a very unique way to frame the story and bring a heroic twist to it that is fresh and surprising and will take audiences on a very thrilling journey"

Wong is repped by Adriana Alberghetti at William Morris Endeavor and Peter Nelson of Nelson, Davis, Wetzstein.

Alan Grodin of Weissmann, Wolff, Coleman, Bergman, Grodin and Evall negotiated the deal on behalf of Distant Horizon.

Rights negotiations on behalf of Nikkatsu Corp. were headed by Akifumi Sugihara, director of its film business division.

The film will go into production later this year and is slated for a release in fall 2011.
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