Gold Circle getting ‘Sassy’

'Girl' gets makeover from Samuell

Gold Circle Films has struck a deal with helmer Yann Samuell to direct the remake of the South Korean romantic comedy “My Sassy Girl.”

Gurinder Chadha had previously been attached to direct the redo when the project was set up at DreamWorks. When “Sassy Girl” went into turnaround, Gold Circle beat out Fox Searchlight to acquire the Vic Levin adaptation. Shingle has fast-tracked the pic to commence filming this fall.

Story concerns a small-town guy from the Midwest who thought he had his entire life mapped out — until he falls for a reckless and brazen girl who turns his life upside down.

Samuell wrote and directed the French-language pic “Love Me If You Dare (“Jeux d’enfants”). Pic, released by Paramount Classics, marked his directorial debut. Gold Circle prexy Paul Brooks is producing alongside Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Maverick Films’ Mark Morgan. Gold Circle’s Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt exec produce along with Vertigo’s Doug Davison, Maverick’s Guy Oseary, Milton Kim and Jay Polstein. Gold Circle production veep Zak Kadison, who brought the project into his company, will serve as a co-producer along with Maverick’s Brent Emery.

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