Freestyle declaring ‘D-War’ in August

Korean monster movie aiming for wide release

SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing.

Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown Los Angeles.

Company is said to be aiming for a 1,500-screen release.

Pic is repped internationally by Korean major Showbox, which unveiled an earlier edit of the film at AFM 2006.

Showbox will release the film in South Korea on Aug. 2.

Budget for the feature, which was entirely financed in South Korea, has been pegged at $70 million. However, after subtracting start-up technology costs for local effects house Younggu Art, Showbox is listing the budget at $32 million before P&A costs.

Helmer Shim Hyung-rae has a long history of producing sci-fi-related pics in South Korea, most recently with “Yonggary” (1999).

However, latest pic — South Korea’s most expensive ever — marks a huge leap in ambition.

More Film

  • Variety’s Top Movies of 2017: Critics

    The Best Films of 2017

    SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing. Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown […]

  • James Gunn

    'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective

    SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing. Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown […]

  • Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Named EVP,

    Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group

    SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing. Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown […]

  • Dwayne Johnson president 2024

    Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024 (EXCLUSIVE)

    SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing. Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown […]

  • 'The Sinner' & 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    Golden Globes Go Heavy on Adaptation Nominations in TV but Not Film

    SEOUL — “D-War,” a long-gestating effects-heavy monster movie produced in South Korea and shot in L.A., will receive a Stateside bow in late August via Freestyle Releasing. Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks, the English-language pic tells the story of a giant serpent that emerges from a past era to smash its way through downtown […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content