Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide rights, excluding Hong Kong, to Pang Ho-cheung’s upcoming slasher film Dream Home, starring Josie Ho.
Produced by start-up outfit 852 Films, the film is in post-production after shooting in Hong Kong. Ho plays a youngwoman who goes to extreme measures when she discovers she can no longer afford the home of her dreams.
Pang has previously directed acclaimed dramas such as Isabella, which screened in competition at Berlin in 2006, and Exodus, which played in competition at San Sebastian.
Anthony Wong, who is known to Western audiences for his role in Infernal Affairs, also stars along with Eason Chan, Michelle Ye, Derek Tsang and Juno Mak.
The deal for worldwide rights was brokered between Fortissimo co-chairman Michael J. Werner and 852 Films principals Conroy Chan and Andrew Ooi.
“We are hoping with Dream Home to have a repeat of the success we previously enjoyed in the genre zone with the Eye films,” said Werner.
Chan and Ooi added: “We are honored to have Fortissimo rep Dream Home and are confident in their passion for this material. The fact that Wouter was very excited when we presented Dream Home to him at Filmart makes this union particularly poignant and it means a lot to us that Michael and his team are also equally supportive of this project.”
Fortissimo co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht passed away in April at his home in Bangkok, just a few weeks after Filmart.
Launched earlier this year, 852 Films is a Hong Kong-based production and financing company set up by Conroy Chan, Josie Ho and Andrew Ooi. It is developing, producing and financing a slate of five films.