Director Hideo Nakata, best known for helming the Japanese horror film Ringu as well as the American sequel The Ring Two, is now looking to tackle an adaptation of the graphic novel The Suicide Forest. From author El Torres and artist Gabriel Hernandez, The Suicide Forest centers on a vast forest outside Tokyo known as the most famous suicide spot in the world. Legend tells that the spirits of past suicides roam among the trees, and an American must enlist the help of a forest ranger to help free him from the spirit of his ex-girlfriend who has resorted to haunting him on a vengeful mission (as all dead ex-girlfriends are wont to do)
There are currently four issues of The Suicide Forest, but it appears Book 1 is the one that’s being adapted here. Deadline reports that Nakata is attached to direct the live-action adaptation for producers Roy Lee and Taka Ichise. Lee produce the American remakes of The Ring and The Grudge, as well as The Departed. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Suicide Forest.
Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan… which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming—haunting deep in those ancient woods. This series from the creators of the acclaimed The Veil examines the lives of Alan, an average worker from Tokyo and his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victim’s bodies from the woods. We discover that behind Ryoko’s unconcerned surface lies a secret, and these three lives will be forever changed by the darkness waiting for them in the Suicide Forest. [IDW]