Chris Sparling (Buried, ATM) wrote the screenplay that landed on the 2013 Black List, which is set in the "Suicide Forest" near Mount Fuji in Japan. The story follows an American man (Matthew McConaughey) who journeys to this infamous location to take his own life. He is interrupted by a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who is trying to make his way out of the forest after having second thoughts about his own suicide. Together, they go on a journey of reflection and survival.
Gus Van Sant is directing the drama, with Gil Netter (Life of Pi) set to produce. Shooting is expected to begin shortly.
Matthew McConaughey currently stars on the HBO drama series True Detective, and he also appears in director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. He will next be seen on the big screen in Interstellar, arriving in theaters November 7.
The Sea of Trees is in development and stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, Jordan Gavaris. The film is directed by Gus Van Sant.