7 Nov – South Korea's CJ Entertainment has announced its plan to adapt French novel "The Vanished" into a feature film after successfully optioning its remake rights.
Set to be a Japanese-language adaptation, the upcoming movie will be developed, financed and produced by the Korean firm, according to Deadline.
"We are thrilled to be adapting this enthralling world, captured so vividly by Léna and Stéphane in "The Vanished", " said Francis Chung, Vice President and Head of International Film Production of CJ Entertainment.
"We were immediately drawn in by the universality of the themes and believe wholeheartedly that a feature film can translate these in a powerful new experience for audiences."
Based on the non-fiction book by journalist Léna Mauger and photographer Stéphane Remael, "The Vanished" details the true story of over 100,000 people who vanish without a trace in Japan.
Known locally as the "johatsu" or the "evaporated", these people are often engulfed by shame and hopelessness, leading them to leave behind their jobs, debts and disappointed families.
This marks the firm's second French literary adaptation following 2013's "Snowpiercer", which was adapted from the graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.
CJ Entertainment will have Chung and Chief Executive Tae-sung Jeong producing the film with Head of International Mike Im as executive producer.