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  • CJ Prepares SUNNY Remakes for Vietnam, Japan and US
  • by Pierce Conran /  Nov 03, 2017
  • KANG Hyoung-chul Hit to Undergo MISS GRANNY Global Strategy

    CJ Entertainment’s 2011 hit Sunny will follow in the footsteps of 2014 family comedy Miss Granny’s global strategy as the film is preparing to be localized for the American, Japanese and Vietnamese markets, with further territories in the works as well.

    Directed by KANG Hyoung-chul, Sunny chronicles the exploits of a group of seven women, both when they were high school students in the 1980s and as they reunite in the present day when one among them falls ill. The film was the sleeper hit of 2011, opening small and growing through word of mouth, until it hit 7.36 million viewers (USD 47.86 million), turning future Miss Granny lead SHIM Eun-kyoung into a star along the way.

    Parent company CJ E&M announced that production on the Vietnamese version began back in July while the Japanese version kicked off filming in October, with both films expected to bow next year. Meanwhile the search for a director and cast for the US production is expected to commence shortly, once CJ and its Hollywood partner finalize a screenplay.

    The Vietnamese version, bearing the name Splendid Days, is being directed by music producer, composer and columnist Nguyen QUANG, and is being produced by CJ HK Entertainment, a company established by CJ E&M and Vietnamese outfit HK Film.

    Love Strikes and Bakuman, director OHNE Hitoshi is in charge of the Japanese version, titled Sunny: Strong Feelings, Strong Love. The US project is being developed with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, which recently produced the Oscar winner The Revenant.

    Previously, Miss Granny underwent the same strategy to great success, after versions made for China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan accrued around USD 70 million between them, in addition to the original’s USD 55.55 million take.

    LIM Myeong-gyun, CJ’s overseas project director, has stated that outfits in other countries are also interested in localizing the film.
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