Media Asia Films has signed a deal with South Korea’s Jong Film to remake Johnnie To’s Drug War into a Korean-language feature.
The Hong Kong-based studio has also sold Korean rights to action thriller Helios to Pan Cinema, following a bidding war among Korean buyers.
Released in Hong Kong and China in 2012, Drug War tells the story of a drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid and coerced into betraying his former accomplices in an undercover operation. Louis Koo and Sun Honglei head the cast.
Media Asia is also in talks to sell the English-language remake rights to Drug War, and expects to close a deal soon.
Co-directed by Sunny Luk and Longman Leung (Cold War), Helios revolves around a criminal who uses uranium stolen from Korea to make a nuclear bomb, which is scheduled to change hands in Hong Kong. The cast includes Hong Kong’s Jacky Cheung and Nick Cheung and Korea’s Ji Jin-hee and Choi Si-won.