Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy
is best known for her adaptation of Patricia Highsmith
’s best-selling novel “Carol
.” Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nagy has signed on to both write and direct another adaptation, this time tackling an original work by journalist Lena Mauger
and photographer Stephan Remeal.
Mauger and Remeal’s “The Vanished
” investigates the annual disappearance of nearly 100,000 citizens throughout Japan. These “johatsu” (“evaporated”) become overwhelmed by “feelings of shame and hopelessness” due to failing careers, familial strains, or debt. They then seemingly vanish without a trace.
Nagy has stressed how the original work and its accompanying images have moved her. “Those who are disenfranchised, who have no voice, who are, in fact, wiped clean from the rolls of our collective society — these narratives, though specific to Japan, increasingly find their terrible parallels in all corners of the world,” she said. “And these global connections