Cinedigm has picked up the U.S. rights to the Japanese sci-fi horror film Dice, a remake of Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 Canadian cult basic of the identical identify.
Cinedigm will launch the remake on its horror streamer Screambox on April 11. Natali directed the unique Dice film, which got here out of the Canadian Movie Centre’s First Function Undertaking.
“Vincenzo Natali’s Dice is a contemporary cult basic that broke new floor with its distinctive manufacturing design and groundbreaking storytelling. This new Japanese expertise honors the unique and delivers the products horror followers anticipate to see,” Brad Miska, managing director of Bloody Disgusting/Cinedigm, mentioned in an announcement.
The Japanese remake, directed by Yasuhiko Shimizu, follows a gaggle of strangers who discover themselves trapped in a sadistic maze with out remembering how they obtained there. After waking up drugged and disoriented, the prisoners, who seemingly don’t have anything in frequent, discover themselves in a mysterious room inscribed with an unfamiliar code.
In search of methods to flee, they uncover the room is riddled with deadly traps. As concern and mistrust swirl round them, the group should work collectively to outlive.
Natali’s authentic Dice film had seven strangers trapped in a large cube-like construction as a part of a sci-fi survival thriller about synthetic intelligence, humanity and the start of a brand new “digital” race.
The unique movie spawned a prequel and sequel: Cube²: Hypercube (2002) and Dice Zero (2004).
Natali serves as an govt producer on the Japanese remake of Dice, which stars Masaki Suda, Anne Watanabe, Masaki Okada, Takumi Saitoh and Kôtarô Yoshida. Kôji Tokuo wrote the tailored screenplay for the Japanese horror pic that grossed nearly $2.5 million in worldwide field workplace.
The movie was produced by Satoko Ishida and Akiko Funatsu, with Shigeaki Yoshida additionally govt producing.
The U.S. deal was negotiated between Brandon Hill, director of acquisitions for Cinedigm, and Meri Koyama, head of gross sales at Shochiku Co.