Nakata, Ichise crime partners on 'Inhuman'


Two of Japan's top moviemakers are teaming for a horror project at 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises.

Hideo Nakata ("The Ring 2") is attached to direct "Inhuman," which pairs him with "The Grudge" producer Taka Ichise, who is producing alongside Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

Regency bought Eric Heisserer's horror pitch "Inhuman," which is loosely based on a Japanese murder case and was brought to Heisserer by Orion Prout, who is associate producing alongside Jennifer Fukasawa from Hideon Prods.

Sanford Panitch, who acquired the pitch, is overseeing for Regency. Vertigo's Gabriel Mason, who is executive producing, will shepherd the project for the shingle, and Erin Eggers is overseeing for Ichise's Ozla Pictures banner.

Fox's Peter Kang is shepherding for the studio.

Nakata and Ichise, two giants of J-horror, paired up on the Japanese-language "Ringu" series, which spawned two English-language hits starring Naomi Watts. The duo also wrote the screenplay to Japan's "Honogurai mizu no soko kara," which was remade into the Jennifer Connolly starrer "Dark Water."

Nakata is repped by UTA and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Heisserer sold "Dionaea House" to Warner Bros. Pictures and Hey Day Pictures. He also penned a draft of "Alien Wars" for Jerry Bruckheimer and the adaptation of Peter Emshwiller's book "The Host." He also set up an original idea titled "Anomaly" at Warners with Jerry Weintraub producing.

He is handled by UTA, Art/Work Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris.

Ozla is repped by UTA and attorney David Colden.

Vertigo is handled by UTA and attorney Rick Genow.