Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut, Hunt, has been sold to 207 territories by Korea’s Megabox Plus M following its world premiere at Cannes.
The political thriller, set in 1980s Korea, has been picked up for the UK by Altitude Film, France by The Jokers Films, and Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy by Koch Films.
The feature has also sold to a raft of territories in Asia including Japan (The Klockworx), Taiwan (Long Shong International), Thailand (Sahamongkolfilm), India (MVP Entertainment), the Philippines (Laon Company+), Mongolia (The Filmbridge LLC), Hong Kong (A Really Good Film), Malaysia (Horizon Film Entertainment/4ward Pictures) and Vietnam (Lotte Entertainment Vietnam) as well as Singapore and Indonesia (Encore Films).
Further deals were stuck for Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Periscoop Film), Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland (Non-stop Production), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Turkey (ATV), CIS (A-One Films), Latin America (Synapse Distribution) and Middle East (Krisco Media FZC).
Hunt received its world premiere in May at Cannes, where it played in the Midnight Screenings strand. It stars Lee and Jung Woo-sung as two chiefs in the Korean Central Intelligence Agency who are tasked with hunting a spy embedded within the organisation, discovering there is a plot to assassinate the South Korean president.
Manuel Ewald, senior acquisitions executive at Koch Films, predicted that “the overwhelming success of Squid Game will help this film to perform strongly in all European territories”.
Lee played cash-strapped gambling addict Seong Gi-hun in the hit Netflix series, recently earning an Emmy nomination for lead actor in a drama series.