|Writer(s)||Robert Fyvolent (adaptation)|
Mark Brinker (adaptation)
John Rogers (screenplay)
Fatal Frame is a canceled movie that was going to be based on the first Fatal Frame game.
Based on a true story, Fatal Frame recounts Miku's investigation for her brother Mafuyu when he goes missing for two weeks. Her latest clue leads her to the abandoned Himuro mansion. Mafuyu was investigating the disappearance of three people, one of which was the famous writer Junsei Takamine, who was also his mentor. The townfolks, however, aren't being cooperative with the investigation, so he decides to explore the mansion alone. Gifted with a supernatural sixth sense, Miku is worried about her brother's fate, so she enters the mansion in search of him.
Tecmo announced on May 23, 2002 at E3 that it was finalizing a deal with DreamWorks to produce a live-action movie based on the survival-horror video game Fatal Frame.
Regarding the deal, DreamWorks President of Production, Mike De Luca, said:
|“||"We were amazed by the fantastic creative vision driving 'Fatal Frame.' Our plan is to take the scariest video game of all time and transport that vision -- complete with all the tension, fear, and storyline intact -- to the big screen for everyone to experience. This is an exciting, new project with outstanding potential for DreamWorks."||”|
Tecmo, Ltd. President, Junji Nakamura, also commented the following on the deal:
|“||"We are happy that DreamWorks, one of the premier movie studios in the world, recognized the greatness of 'Fatal Frame' by Tecmo, one of the premier game developers in the world. We have great things planned for 'Fatal Frame' in the future, and this motion picture deal is only the beginning."||”|
During that time DreamWorks was in post-production on the horror film, The Ring, starring Naomi Watts. The film was slated for release in August.
Tecmo announced at the 2003 Tokyo Game Show that DreamWorks was fast-tracking the movie adaptation of its popular horror video game Fatal Frame. Screenwriter John Rogers (The Core, Catwoman) was making the screenplay that Robert Fyvolent and Mark Brinker have been adapting from the game. DreamWorks stated that Steven Spielberg, the studio's founder, was personally involved with the project and once the script was complete, a director would be hired and casting would begin shortly afterward.
Japanese horror was hot at the time. After DreamWorks had success with its American remake of Ringu, a slew of studios and production companies began snapping up the rights to other recent Japanese horror films. DreamWorks purchased the movie rights to Fatal Frame earlier in that year. Unlike all the other remakes, one cool aspect of the Fatal Frame picture was that Rogers' script remained set in Japan.
Regarding the movie and his involvement on it, Rogers said the following in a press release issued by Tecmo:
|“||"I was attracted to the idea of doing a classic, old school haunted house picture. By focusing, too, on cool Japanese cultural additions and different ghost 'mythos' most North American audiences are unfamiliar with, we can do something unique. None of the rules about the supernatural, the characters, or our audience apply in the FATAL FRAME world.||”|