‘Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy has signed on to write and direct a feature film adaptation of the best-selling non-fiction book The Vanished Lena Mauger and Stephane Remael for CJ Entertainment.
The Vanished tells the haunting true story of the disappearance of people in Japan every year. Nearly 100,000 Japanese vanish without a trace annually. Known as thejohatsu, or the “evaporated,” they are often driven by feelings of shame and hopelessness, leaving behind failed careers, disappointed families or mounting debt.
CJ Entertainment is developing, financing and producing the feature film. The project marks the South Korean company’s second French book adaptation, following the 2013 international hit Snowpiercer.
CJ says the film will remain true to its source material in that it will be set in Japan.
Producing for CJ Entertainment are Tae-sung Jeong, CEO of CJ Entertainment, and Francis Chung, vp of global co-productions and head of U.S. production. Mike Im, the company’s head of international, is executive producing.
Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based director of development, and Khan Kwon, CJ’s Seoul-based development & production executive, are overseeing development of the project.
Nagy is represented by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay. In addition to The Vanished, she is currently at work on an adaptation of best-selling novelist Patricia Cornwell’s first Scarpetta novel, Postmortem, which she will also direct.
Nagy’s attachment to the project was negotiated by Adam Mehr at Pryor Cashman on behalf of CJ Entertainment. ‘