'Ring' director to helm 'Voice' pic

Hideo Nakata comes aboard Zanuck's supernatural thriller

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Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese version of "The Ring" and the second English version "The Ring Two," has been tapped to direct Zanuck Independent's supernatural thriller "Voice From the Stone."

Mark Wheaton has written the screenplay for the project, which Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante will produce alongside K5 Film's Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur.

K5's Bill Stephens is handling worldwide sales at AFM for the production, set to begin shooting in the spring or summer.

"Voice," adapted from an Italian novel of the same name, centers on a female child psychologist who takes on the case of a young boy who made a promise to his dying mother to remain silent until her spirit returns.

Zanuck and K5 recently partnered on "Get Low," starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, which screens Friday at AFM.

At AFM, K5 also is repping "Separation City," starring Rhona Mitra and Thomas Kretschmann, and "A Matter of Size," the hit Israeli comedy.