Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura is slated to direct the supernatural thriller “Vessels”. The film will be based on the history and purported haunting aboard retired ocean liner, Queen Mary. Ryuhei Kitamura released the following statement regarding his new found assignment in the Horror genre:
“The Queen Mary has an epic history through both glorious and hard times, and I’m fascinated by all the stories…I’m determined to create a visually stunning, really scary modern day ghost story that takes place on this graceful vessel, and it’s a great honor to be able to shoot on the real Queen Mary.”
“Vessels” is the first film from Ubiquity Studios and begins filming early next year aboard The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California and within Ubiquity Studios Irvine, Orange County, California. “Vessels” will be produced by Brett Tomberlin of Ubiquity, Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 Entertainment and Mali Elfman. Ubiquity’s Chris Carmichael and Connie Jordan will serve as Executive Producers. Writer, Gary Dauberman, most notable for his work on “Annabelle” is penning the script to “Vessels”. Chris Carmichael extended acclaim on the addition of Ryuhei Kitamura’s talents on the film, “Vessels”, Carmichael stated:
“We are excited that Ryuhei will be directing “Vessels”…He is enormously talented and experienced, and his passion and excitement for the Queen Mary will surely bring to life the foreboding world of this haunted ship.”
A bit of history on The Queen Mary is as follows:
The Queen Mary first sailed in 1936 and was the Cunard Line’s flagship until being commissioned as an allied troop transport following the outbreak of World War II. It was nicknamed “The Grey Ghost” for its ability to avoid Nazi U-Boats and Adolf Hitler offered $250,000 to anyone who could sink it. Retired in 1967, The Queen Mary is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world.