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In the Works: First-Time Feature Director Jason Zada Goes Into 'The Forest' with Lava Bear and David S. Goyer

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2013 at 2:49PM

First-time feature director Jason Zada has landed at the helm of Lava Bear's upcoming supernatural horror film "The Forest." Based on an original idea by producer David S. Goyer ("Man of Steel," the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up), the film is set in the Aokigihara forest of Japan.
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Jason Zada
Jason Zada

First-time feature director Jason Zada has landed at the helm of Lava Bear's upcoming supernatural horror film "The Forest." Based on an original idea by producer David S. Goyer ("Man of Steel," the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up), the film is set in the Aokigihara forest of Japan.

So who is Zada, and how did he land this gig? A director of commercials and music videos, Zada garnered attention in 2011 with interactive short and viral video "Take This Lollipop," which nabbed 7 million views and 13 million Facebook likes. Check it out below, plus Zada's video for Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo."

"The Forest" is eyeing a production start in the first half of 2014.

It's penned by novelist turned screenwriter Sarah Cornwell, whose debut novel "What I Had Before I Had You" has its street date in January. Let's hope Zada doesn't face the steep production climb of Carl Rinsch, the feature rookie who directed $220 million-plus Asia-themed Universal feature "47 Ronin," which will finally see theaters this Christmas. 

This article is related to: News, Universal, David S. Goyer, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.