After hitting it big with “The Ring,” DreamWorks is planning to adapt another popular Asian horror pic for American auds.
The studio has won a fierce bidding war for remake rights to hit South Korean pic “A Tale of Two Sisters,” ponying up seven figures, and hired Craig Rosenberg to pen the script in a $800,000 against $1.5 million deal.
The fright fest concerns about two girls who go to live with their unbalanced stepmother after recovering from an unnamed illness.
No director is yet attached to the project.
Original film, directed by Kim Jee-woon, opened June 13 to record B.O., placing second only to “The Matrix Reloaded” as the biggest weekend opener in the country.
Paramount, Universal, Sony and MGM are said to have been interested in picking up the project, which already had Rosenberg attached.
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DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who also produced “The Ring” and are prepping a sequel, will produce the pic. Studio exec Mark Sourian will shepherd the project.
“A Tale of Two Sisters” is the sixth Korean pic to be picked up over the past year by Hollywood, which continues to look at Asia as fertile ground for remakes. “Ring” redo, budgeted in the $40 million range, generated $129 million at the domestic box office.
Since last year, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to “Il Mare,” “Married to the Mafia” and the martial arts comedy “Hitman.” Miramax has the gangland comedy “My Wife Is a Gangster.”
Rosenberg, repped by UTA and the Firm, most recently rewrote New Line’s action caper “After the Sunset,” set to star Pierce Brosnan and Ice Cube.