Asia-wide hit TV series Winter Sonata, which is widelyaccredited for fuelling the Korean Wave and launching Bae Yong-joon and ChoiJi-woo to stardom, is to be made into a film.

KOSDAQ-listed group PoibosEntertainment has bought the film remake rights to the drama series from KBSMedia. Poibos production subsidiary Culturecap Media, which previously producedMoon Geun-young starrers My Little Brideand Innocent Steps, will produce.

Director and casting arestill under consideration, but the well-known director of the TV drama, YoonSuk-ho, and the original cast of Bae and Choi will take priority. If all goeswell, the film will go into production at the end of the year for release inearly 2007.

Winter Sonata follows high school student Kang Joon-sang (played in the TV series byBae) as an illegitimate son in search of his father. He falls in love withYoo-jin (played by Choi in the series) but is shocked to find she might be hishalf-sister.

However, when he suffersfrom amnesia following a car accident, his mother gives him a new identity andpast. Ten years later, the two meet again, but in relationships with differentpeople, and the series covers their intertwining loves and fates.

Winter Sonata had a phenomenal following around the Pacific Rim, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan and South-east Asia, reaching all the wayto Hawaii.