Cannes award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon is set to star in Im Sang-soo’s remake of the Korean classic thriller The Housemaid.
Seoul-based Mirovision, Inc. is producing and handling international sales.
Directed by Korean master Kim Ki-young, the 1960 original tells of how a factory music teacher’s family is thrown into nightmare chaos when they take in a strange girl as a housemaid – she seduces him, is coerced into having an abortion, and then metes out revenge.
The original version was digitally re-mastered and screened at Cannes in 2008 with the support of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation and the Korean Film Archive.
Jeon Do-yeon won the Cannes Best Actress award in 2007 for her performance in Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine. Her other work includes starring in Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy, Jung Ji-woo’s Happy End, Park Jin-pyo’s You Are My Sunshine and Lee Young-jae’s The Harmonium In My Memory.
Im Sang-soo previously directed the Cannes entry The President’s Last Bang and Venice entry A Good Lawyer’s Wife, in addition to other critically-acclaimed films such as The Old Garden.
The Housemaid remake is due to start production at the end of the year, with a goal to see a local release in the first half of 2010, the 50th anniversary of The Housemaid original.