<My Wife Is a Gangster> to get Chinese remake
LEE Soon-yeol, original producer of the 2001 smash hit, and ZENG Hui, head of the Chinese Yunyunnan Culture Investment Co., inked the deal last month during a KOFIC-hosted conference.
The remake film will have a budget of roughly CNY40m (US$6.2), all coming from China. The cast and crew will be from both China and Korea, with post-production to be done in Korea.
CJ announces US$100m Korean War film <1950>
CJ E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment have announced the Korean film industry’s most expensive project to date, a Korean War film budgeted at US$100m. Titled <1950>, American filmmaker Rob COHEN (<The Fast and the Furious>) will direct.
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning dispatches from U.S. war correspondent Marguerite Higgins, <1950> follows her journey across the Korean peninsula. CJ and Grapevine are in discussions to cast top Hollywood and Asian actors in the leading roles.
Spike LEE to direct <Oldboy> remake
Mandate Pictures has announced Lee will direct an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2004 Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning film. The American director’s films include <Malcolm X>, <Inside Man> and <Do The Right Thing>.
Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule will produce the film with Vertigo Entertainment, which also worked on English-language remakes of the Hong Kong film <Infernal Affairs> (which became <The Departed>) and the Japanese film <The Grudge>.
HONG Sang-soo’s next film to star French actress Isabelle HUPPERT
Currently in production, no title or story has been announced. The two agreed to collaborate when Huppert visited Korea in May. She has won multiple prizes from the prestigious Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals.
Hong’s new film also stars Yu Jun-sang, Moon So-ri and Yoon Yeo-jung, who all appeared in his 2010 <Hahaha>. The film should be ready to premiere before year’s end.