Korean visual effects house Macrograph and production company Entourage are joining forces on Korea’s first 3D horror film, Soul Mate, to be directed by Kim Ji-hwan.
The $2m film has secured development funds and the producers are currently in talks with a Singaporean and other Korean companies for co-production. It’s being lined up for a local summer 2010 release.
Kim describes Soul Mate as a “pretty boy film” in which a mysterious stalker kills off a group of very good-looking college boys one by one.
“The 16-23 year-old female demographic is the main audience for most Korean horror films, so a lot of them feature high school girls,” explains Kim. “But Soul Mate will feature a dream team of good-looking boys that should attract the same demographic, plus some others, with vivid characters and a mixture of static and fast-moving horror action and suspense in 3D.”
The project took part in the KOFIC Filmmaker Development Lab, held this week as part of Puchon’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). Kim, formerly a film journalist who also wrote and directed period horror film The Evil Twin, was mentored by Hollywood producer Mike Macari (The Ring).
Macrograph has worked on films such as martial arts fantasies The Forbidden Kingdom and The Restless, as well as horror film Handphone.
Entourage, a self-described “cultural trading company” dealing in pop art and film, was founded by Ricky Kim, marketing advisor to the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).