Lee Seok-hoon’s period adventure [pictured] sells to 15 countries.

South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has locked down pre-sales on action adventure The Pirates to 15 countries in Cannes.

Territories include North America (Well Go USA), Japan (Twin) and Germany/Benelux (Splendid).

The large-scale period adventure is directed by Lee Seok-hoon whose credits include the hit Dancing Queen

The Pirates stars Kim Nam-gil – popular from costume dramas such as the film Portrait Of A Beauty and TV series The Great Queen Seondeok - as a mountain bandit who goes out to sea to hunt down a whale that has swallowed a royal seal on the eve of the founding of a dynasty.

He runs into a woman pirate captain played by the hugely popular Son Ye-jin (The Tower, My Wife Got Married) and further adventures ensue.

Selling it on the basis of a Cannes promo reel displaying the film’s action and CGI scale, Lotte also signed deals for Latin America (Polarstar), India (Superfine Films), Taiwan (AV-Jet), Thailand (JoyNContents), Poland & Eastern Europe (Polmedia) and Myanmar (Mingalar).

The film is due out in Korea this summer.