Old Boy, a thriller about a man who is challenged to find out why he was kidnapped, is drawing market and remake heat for Cineclick Asia.
The film, which is one of the hottest titles at Mifed, has already closed a number of deals. France's Wild Side bought the Park Chan-Wook directed picture in a deal with horror film A Tale Of Two Sisters, while Benelux buyer Bright Angel took Old Boy and Oasis. But Cineclick chief Suh Young-Joo expects much more.
Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment has begun packaging the film with director and key cast for Hollywood remake treatment. 'We are already getting huge interest from the studios' specialist arms and fully expect to achieve a record breaking price for the remake rights,' said Suh. Cineclick is reputed to have struck a $2m remake deal with Dreamworks for Two Sisters. That film, which gets its market premiere this week, has also been sold to Comstock for Japan and Medusa for Italy.
'We will do the sales deals [on Old Boy] first and close the remake after. That will also help the film's domestic Korean campaign,' she said. Produced by ShowEast, the film gets a release on Nov 18.
Cineclick has also been presenting elements of its 2004 slate. This includes black comedy The President's Barber, featuring Memories Of Murder's Song Kang-Ho and Oasis star Moon Soo-Ri, Kim Ki Duk's Berlin hopeful Samaria and Hur Jin-Ho's The Happiness, a drama about missed romantic opportunities which was presented at last month's Pusan Promotion Plan.