Snags North American rights to Korean monster movie

By GORDON COX
Magnet Releasing is chowing down on “Chawz,” a Korean monster movie about a rampaging giant pig.
The genre division of Magnolia Pictures swallowed North American rights to the gory, tongue-in-cheek film from director Jeong-won Shin. Story tracks the killer pig’s attacks on a group of organic vegetable-picking tourists.
Magnolia previously handled the 2008 release of “The Host,” another monster pic from South Korea with humorous undertones.
“Chawz” pact was negotiated by Magnet’s Tom Quinn and Peter Van Steemberg with Youngjoo Suh and Luna Kim of Finecut. Movie joins a Magnet slate of upcoming releases that includes “Monsters,” “Rubber” and “Ong Bak 3.”

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