Korea's iHQ is set to branch into English-languagefilmmaking with documentary-style comedy horror American Zombie to be directed by Korean-American filmmaker GraceLee.

iHQ willco-produce with LA-based LeeLee Films, headed byIn-Ah Lee, whose credits include Wim Wenders' Don't ComeKnocking and Land Of Plenty.

The film will be iHQ's firstproduction shot entirely in the USas part of the company's strategy to engage in international co-productionsaimed at the North American market. Production is scheduled to start in Los Angeles in April 2006.

Lee recently produced and directed the critically acclaimeddocumentary The Grace Lee Projectwhich screened widely in festivals and opened theatrically in New York in December 2005.

American Zombie isher second feature and documents the daily lives of a small community of theliving deceased who make their home in Los Angeles.

'As soon as I heard the concept, I thought this would make agood film that will crossover to any market in the world,' said iHQ president Teddy Jung.

iHQrecently produced romantic drama Daisy,directed by Hong Kong's Andrew Lau, starring Korea'sJeon Ji-hyun and filmed inthe Netherlandswith an international crew.

Several Korean companies are actively seeking a way toexpand the 'Korean wave' to the North American market, even as the Koreanscreen quota, which has protected the local industry from the Hollywoodwave, is under attack.