LA-based production company Convergence Entertainment is set to co-produce supernatural horror feature Nuptials Of The Dead with Malaysian film conglomerate Astro Shaw.

The Chinese-language feature is written and to be directed by Maya Lim based on her short film [pictured] about the Chinese ancient practice of ghost marriages. The story revolves around a young woman who searches for a ghost husband for her dead daughter’s spirit, only to have a curse placed on the family.   

Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop will handle international sales on the project which is scheduled to start production in the third quarter of this year. Tim Kwok and Gayatri Su-Lin Pillai are the main producers on the film with Lee Tae-hun of Korea’s Opus Pictures as executive producer.

Convergence’s recent production Vampire, directed by Shunji Iwai, was selected for the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. The company also recently wrapped Malaysian director Dain Said’s action film Bunohan, which is being sold at Filmart by Easternlight Films. Astro Shaw has also boarded Bunohan as a partner and regional distributor.

Astro Shaw, which produces around 12-18 local-language features a year, is owned by Malaysia’s leading pay-TV operator Astro All Asia Networks which also owns Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures.