French producer Samuel Hadida (Brotherhood Of TheWolf) has picked upEnglish-language remake rights to Korean horror film Bunshinsaba (2004) by Ahn Byeong-gi.
The film, about an ostracised high school student whoinadvertently places a curse on her classmates, will be produced through DavisFilms under the English title The Spell.
The deal was concluded with Jason Chae of Mirovisionand facilitated by producers Cassie Yoo and E Thompson. This marks the second feature byhorrormeister Ahn to be picked up for remake, after his 2002 hit Phone about a reporter with a cursed cell phonenumber.
Phone, which was financed by Buena Vista Korea, emerged as a breakout hitfrom Italy to Japan and is currently being remade by Maverick Films and FocusFeatures' Rogue division.
Hadida, meanwhile, has several high-profile projectsin the pipeline, including Silent Hill, an adaptation of the hit video game directed byChristophe Gans which started shooting in Canada in April; and Tony Scott's Domino starring Keira Knightley. He is also preparing the adaptation ofanother video game Onimusha with Japan's Gaga Productions.
Bunshinsaba was released in Korea in summer 2004 and drew justover a million admissions. Thefilm also received a 250-screen release in Japan in April.
Hadida's Metropolitan retains French distributionrights for the picture.