LewisKim, formerly head of international at TheHost production company Chungeorahm Film, has moved to upstartproducer/investor Barunson. Kim will report directly to Chief Executive OfficerJae-won Choi.
Creditedon Bong Joon-ho's hit The Host as overseasline producer, Kim handled international business for the film - includingoverseas casting and coordinating with California-based
Previously,he brought in $4.7m in pre-sales and investment from
Stationaryconglomerate Barunson, a listed company with about $50m in capital, branchedout into the film business last November when it acquired leading investmentcompany I Pictures (A Tale of Two Sisters),run by Jae-won Choi. It also holds talent management firm Barunson Entertainmentas an affiliate.
"We'vebrought Lewis on to create a global strategy for Barunson - starting with aPan-Asian strategy and handling international business for co-financing anddirector management," says CEO Choi.
Thecompany recently signed two of
KimJee-woon's upcoming "Oriental Western," TheGood, The Bad, and The Weird, already attractedinterest at the recent AFM. Set in 1930s Manchuria, the film is to featurethree main characters - "One good, one bad, and one truly weird," says Choi -with action choreography by Jung Doo-hong and other crew from Kim's previousfilms A Tale of Two Sisters and A Bittersweet Life.
Bongis considering a mother-son story for his next project, but has yet to makefinal confirmation. His adaption of sci-fi comic Le Transperceneige, with Park Chan-wook producing, will likelycome after his first film with Barunson.