'Solace' director in negotiations with Universal

Universal is in negotiations to remake the Korean film “Die Bad,” developing the drama as a potential directing vehicle for “Quantum of Solace” helmer Marc Forster.

Brad Ingelsby will write the script.

The film will be produced by Forster and his Apparatus partner Brad Simpson, Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison and Rick Schwartz of Overnight Productions.

Written and directed by Seung-wan Ryoo, the 2000 original consisted of four short films that told the story of the rise and fall of a gangster. The components are being combined for the English-language remake that will be set in New York.

In March, Ingelsby lived with his parents in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, selling employee medical insurance plans for his father. An AFI grad, Ingelsby wrote scripts at night, and got one to an agent and manager. The script, “The Low Dweller,” sold for $650,000 against $1.1 million, as Relativity Media outbid four studios. Leonardo DiCaprio attached himself as star and Ridley Scott attached as director, with both producing.

Ingelsby is also scripting the Paramount Vantage drama “Buried,” with Todd Field attached to direct a fact-based drama about a sociopath who kidnaps a millionaire and buries him alive to collect a ransom.

In addition, he’s adapting the DC Comics title “Sleeper” for Warner Bros., with Tom Cruise circling and Sam Raimi and Josh Donen producing. It’s about an undercover operative who gains special powers after coming in contact with an alien artifact.

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