Variety reports that Alcon Entertainment, Intermedia and Kadokawa Pictures will produce and Warner Bros. will release an English-language remake of ONE MISSED CALL, Takashi Miikeís 2003 chiller. The original was Miikeís entry in the post-RINGU cycle of supernatural films, in which a group of young friends receive mysterious calls on their cell phones which presage their own deaths. The story centers on one girl who gets the fateful message and must figure out how to cheat death within three days. The original is out on U.S. DVD from Media Blasters, which releases the Miike-less sequel ONE MISSED CALL 2 in a two-disc set May 16.
The director of the U.S. version is French filmmaker Eric Valetteóan ironic choice, given that his own debut chiller MALEFIQUE is also slated for a redux (by Paramount and producer Neal Moritz, with John Pogue scripting) while the original still has yet to land an American distributor. The scripter of the new CALL is thriller novelist Andrew Klavan, whose books WHITE OF THE EYE (written as Margaret Tracy), DONíT SAY A WORD and TRUE CRIME have been adapted as features, and who penned the 1990 dark comedy A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, starring Michael Caine.