'Twilight' company eyes Korean horror hit
SEOUL — Imprint Entertainment, the production company behind “Twilight” and “New Moon,” has inked with South Korea’s Mirovision to remake “The Phone,” a 2002 Korean horror hit by Ahn Byung-ki.
The project was unveiled at a press conference in Seoul on Thursday by Imprint Entertainment prexy Mark Morgan, Mirovision prexy Jason Chae and helmer Ahn.
“I thought Korean horror films would succeed in Hollywood once Korean directors steer the remake projects, just as ‘The Grudge’ and ‘The Ring’ series were succcessful,” said Ahn, who will helm the remake.
Morgan said the project will shoot in South Korea and include American and Korean cast.
Starring Ha Ji-won (“Haeundae”), the original film drew more than 2.6 million admissions with the story of a cell phone number whose owners are killed in mysterious circumstances.
The $10 million remake will start lensing in the first half of 2010 in Seoul, aiming for a 2010 release in the U.S.