In the latest example of the bromide that film crosses international borders, we have news from Variety of an American remake of a Japanese film to be directed by a Chinese filmmaker featuring a cast of American and Canadian actors. (Pardon me, but my head is still spinning.) Let's start with the cast, which includes a couple of names that may be familiar: Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Legends of the Fall) and Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, American Gangster) will star in Don't Look Up, the story of a film crew that slowly goes insane "when spirits from another era invade the film stock of the contempo production." Fruit Chan is set to direct.

Hideo Nakata directed the original film (Joyû-rei, AKA Ghost Actress), which was released in Japan in 1996. Two years later, Nakata made Ringu, which kicked off an Asian ghost movie boom that slackened only recently. In turn, the Hollywood remake of Ringu (The Ring) reaped big returns at the box office, which sparked the Asian remake mania we're still suffering from. Among other projects, Nakata remade his own sequel for Hollywood (The Ring Two) -- and then promptly retreated to Japan. He turned down offers from production company Distant Horizons to remake Don't Look Up himself.
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