Hideo Nakata Helming Chatroom


Hideo Nakata, the Japanese helmer of The Ring Two, Ringu and Dark Water, will direct Chatroom, a psychological thriller about teenagers who encourage each other’s destructive behavior. Variety says the film will be Nakata’s first original helming effort in English.

Chatroom was written by Enda Walsh as an adaptation of his own stage play. The Irish playwright won the Cannes Camera d’Or for first film in 2001 with his Disco Pigs and recently penned Steve McQueen’s Hunger.

The movie is produced by Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits at Ruby Films (The Other Boleyn Girl, Brick Lane) and Hunger producer Laura Hastings-Smith.

Filming will begin in the spring in the U.K.