Good Universe has closed multiple international deals for the distribution of The Forest, a supernatural thriller starring Michiel Huisman (Wild, World War Z, Game Of Thrones) and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games, Game Of Thrones, Elementary). To be directed by Jason Zaza from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, The Forest tells the story of a young American woman who goes in search of her twin sister who disappeared in the forest at the base of Mount Fuji.
Lava Bear Films will produce along with David S. Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. Tory Metzger, president of Lava Bear, will oversee production, which is set to begin in May. Focus Features acquired North American distribution rights and has scheduled the film for wide release next January.
In the run-up to the 2015 European Film Market in Berlin, Good Universe and Lava Bear have already sold The Forest in over 25 territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Iceland, Israel, Portugal, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain and all of Asia, excluding Japan, through Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions; the United Kingdom through Icon; Germany, Switzerland and Benelux through Splendid; the Middle East through Grand Cinema, and Latin America through Sun Distribution.