Grudge director returns to horror with new thriller

Takashi Shimizu—the Japanese director of Ju-On and its U.S. remake The Grudge—will direct a thriller about a haunted song that Phoenix Pictures will produce, Variety reported.

Chris Philpott wrote the script, based on an idea by producer Taka Ichise and Shimizu, about a haunted song that drives its listeners to suicide. The movie doesn't have a title yet.

The trade paper reported:

Phoenix picked up the script from Ichise, who will produce through his Ozla Pictures banner, along with Phoenix's Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Brad Fischer. Phoenix will finance the film. ...

Shimizu is wrapping up Japan's first live-action 3-D feature, The Shock Labyrinth, which will be released in October by Asmik Ace.

Ichise also produced Sony's The Grudge and its sequel, as well as New Line's Shutter.

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