Yoo Ha takes on ‘Frozen’

Film is first from Universal shingle

Korean helmer Yoo Ha, who last made the kinetic gangster pic “A Dirty Carnival,” has put together a big-budget historic drama titled “A Frozen Flower.” Pic will be the first from a new indie shingle confusingly called Universal Pictures.

“Flower” is an adaptation of a true story from the Koryo dynasty about a king (Joo Jin-mo) who falls in love with his bodyguard, to be played by “Carnival” star Jo In-sung. Yoo has not yet cast the role of the angry queen.

Pic, with a budget of $10 million, will be produced by Lee Tae Hun (“Sympathy for Lady Vengeance”) of Opus Picutres.

Lee recently launched Universal Pictures as a joint venture with two other producers, Zip Cinema’s Lee Yu-jin (“The Voice of a Murderer”) and Bokyungsa’s Sim Bo-kyung (“Bloody Tie”).

“We’re still planning to make films from our own production companies, because it’s a bit dangerous to merge the three companies. But it’s reasonable for us to co-manage the investment and distribution deals through Universal Pictures,” Lee said.  ” ‘A Frozen Flower’ will be the first film of our new company model.”

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