Out: According to Variety, New Line has acquired the Japanese novel "Out" and will draft it into an Americanized thriller that will be directed by Hideo Nakata.

Written by Natsuo Kirino, the book is a thriller about four female factory workers who band together when one kills her abusive husband. The Americanized version will be done in the spirit of Thelma & Louise.

Nakata is making his U.S. feature debut with The Ring 2 at DreamWorks.

Brian B.