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REMAKE RIGHTS TO ďDONíT LOOK UPĒ (article first published : 2003-03-24)

Durban film producer Anant Singh has acquired the remake rights to famed Japanese horror-meister Hideo Nakataís Donít Look Up. Nakata is widely recognized as one of the most prolific and influential horror directors of contemporary cinema and is the creator of the most successful remake film The Ring which is currently on circuit in South Africa.

Dreamworks acquired the remake rights to The Ring and successfully produced a hit horror film. The Ring has grossed more than $128 million in the United States and to date has earned more than R5 million at the South African box office. The remake rights to another of Nakataís films, Chaos, was recently acquired by Universal Pictures.

Donít Look Up is set in the vast and decrepit film stages of a rundown studio outside Tokyo and charts the unraveling sanity of a director and his crew when the spirit of a murdered actress from another era comes to possess a random piece of celluloid that is left behind. The old images invade the film stock of the contemporary production and in a few stark frames open a horrifying window on the terrible, haunting deeds of the past.

Commenting on the acquisition of the remake rights, Anant Singh said, ďOf all the Nakata films I have seen, Donít Look Up and The Ring are truly the most frightening. Donít Look Up, however, is the one that really gets under your skin and the subject matter of a haunted piece of film is a perfect match for a Hollywood remake.Ē

Anant Singh also announced that a top writer of horror screenplays will be brought on board to complete an English adaptation of the screenplay and that a number of Hollywood studios have indicated an interest in the remake of Donít Look Up.




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