James Wong (Final Destination) is set to write and direct a remake of Yasuo Inoue’s The Neighbor Number 13 for Anant Singh’s Distant Horizon.
The Hollywood Reporter says the original Japanese film, titled Rinjin 13-go, “tells the story of a young boy who witnesses an extreme case of schoolyard bullying. The psychological effects are so disturbingly profound that 10 years later, as a young man, he is still obsessed with righting the wrong — even if doing so takes him onto questionable moral ground.”
Singh and Brian Cox will produce for Distant Horizon with Lightning Entertainment’s Richard Guardian executive producing.
“I was seized by the concept after one viewing of Yasuo Inoue’s movie, and it hasn’t left me for a moment since,” said Wong. “I think we have found a very unique way to frame the story and bring a heroic twist to it that is fresh and surprising and will take audiences on a very thrilling journey.”
Filming will begin later this year for a fall 2011 release.