Gold Circle Films andVertigo Entertainment have teamed up to co-produce In-Utero, an adaptation of the Pang brothers' Hong Konghorror title Jian Gui 2 aka TheEye 2 that will be released throughNew Line.
Gold Circle is financing theproject and Mandate Pictures will handle international sales. Gold Circle Filmspresident Paul Brooks will produce with Vertigo principals Roy Lee and DougDavison. Gold Circle's Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will serve as executiveproducers.
Todd Stein has been hired towrite the screenplay about a young pregnant woman who discovers that she cansee spirits following a near-death experience.
"We think this takes theAsian sub-genre in a whole new direction. It is a chilling and surprisingexperience," Brooks said.
Vice president of productionZak Kadison brought the project to Gold Circle and will co-produce. New Lineexecutives Toby Emmerich, George Waud, and Jeff Katz will oversee the projectfor the studio.
In-Utero marks Gold Circle's first collaboration with NewLine. Gold Cirle and Vertigo are collaborating on the Spanish thriller Smoke, which Victor Garcia is directing.
Meanwhile anEnglish-language film of the Pang brothers' The Eye is in preparation at CW Productions and ParamountPictures with Renee Zellweger in the lead role and Hideo Nakata directing.