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‘The Guest’ Writer Simon Barrett Has a New Japan-Set Horror Project

'The Guest' Writer Simon Barrett Has a New Japan-Set Horror Project

“The Guest,” directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, was one of 2014’s sleeper treats, starring Dan Stevens as an unwelcome man from the past who invades the family of a fellow comrade who died.

Horror maestro Barrett, who also wrote Wingard’s meta-slasher “You’re Next” (2011), now has a new script titled “Temple” to be directed by Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers, according to THR. Set to shoot in Japan this year, “Temple” is cloaked in mystery as of this writing, but the film will deal with ghostly tales surrounding the country’s temples. A movie tie-in compilation book of ghost stories by Eiji Otsuka will be published and featured in the film, with a 15-part animated series to follow.

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The Vicious Brothers directed Tribeca premieres “Grave Encounters” and “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 and 2014 respectively, shifting from found footage to more stylized horror. Barrett, meanwhile, is quite busy, collaborating again with Wingard on now-filming “The Woods” and a remake of Kim Jee-Woon’s brutal 2010 Korean revenge horror “I Saw the Devil.” Barrett has also contributed to the “V/H/S” anthology films in the past.

“Temple” will be produced by Neal Edelstein of Hooked Digital Media, Shinya Egawa of Hemisphere Motion Picture Partners, Eric Bassett of Absurda and Mike Macari, with Japan’s Toei Animation financing.

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