Summit Entertainment has picked up remake rights from Prime Entertainment to the South Korean thriller Seven Days directed by Won Shin-Yeon.

Summit is believed to have paid a low six-figure sum at AFM for the story of a defence lawyer who is blackmailed into representing a rape suspect after her daughter is kidnapped.

Wild Bunch has acquired worldwide rights excluding North America and Asia to the original film, which will launch in South Korea on November 15, and is in the process of acquiring distribution rights to the remake in France, Italy and Benelux.

Prime Entertainment's Seo-yull Lee and Shang-han Shin will serve as executive producers along with Wild Bunch's Vincent Maraval and Agnès Mentre.

'Seven Days begins with one of the strongest premises we have seen and keeps you on the edge of the seat until one of the best twist endings,' Summit's president of production Erik Feig said. 'It is a non-stop thrill ride with a completely relatable story and hero and we cannot wait to make the Hollywood version.'

Feig praised Summit's vice president of acquisitions and co-productions Michael Schaefer who 'swooped in to conquer before the film hit the rest of the town.'

Summit's director of business affairs Karen Barna negotiated the deal with Prime's senior manager of international sales and acquisitions Juyoung Park and Richard Heller and Victoria Cook of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.