Leopard bags ‘Hunter’

Korean shingle to remake Japanese pic

PUSAN — Boutique Japanese production and distribution outfit Stylejam has set up a Korean-language remake of its upbeat cop drama “Hunter and the Hunted” (Yudan Taiteki) with Korean shingle Leopard.

Original movie was directed by Izuru Narshushima and was based on Satoshi Iizuka’s autobiographical novel about a clumsy detective and a slick robber. It was released locally in Japan in 2003 by Ken Media.

Leopard, founded by actor Won Sang-yeon, had been scouring Japanese material, particularly manga comics, for adaptation in Korea and recently focused on remake properties.

“Leopard is already in development of the screenplay and our discussions with them suggest that they will stick very closely to the original concept. But, with roles like these, this is a film for actors and I would expect them to make the key casting decisions before making script adjustments,” said Soojun Bae, Stylejam VP.

Leopard is currently in negotiations with a helmer and cast for the two leading roles. Pic is expected to shoot next year on a budget of $2 million-$3 million.

Stylejam also licensed Joe Odagiri-starrer “The Pavillion Salamandre” to Korean distrib Sponge.

“Salamandre,” which is currently on release in Japan and has its international preem in Pusan, is penned and helmed by Masanori Tominaga.

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