South Korea’s E Pictures on Thursday unveiled three projects including a Paris-based action pic that is touted as the first Korean-U.K. co-production.
E Pictures principal Paul Yi, who alternates between Seoul and L.A., is pitching all three as internationally aimed pics, in contrast to most Korean producers who concentrate primarily on their home market.
“Four for the Kings” will be a co-prod between Britain’s Spice Factory, South Korea’s Zenith Entertainment (whose credits include the domestic hit “My Boss, My Hero”) and E Pics.
Tale about four Asian thieves who plot to steal the Ancient Three Kings from the French National Museum is slated to roll in Paris and either Montreal or Luxembourg in early 2004.
Yi, who will sell the film in conjunction with Gary Hamilton’s Spice Factory, says he’ll soon announce the Korean director and the name of the U.K. writer who is polishing the screenplay.
E Pictures has secured feature rights to “The Game of Their Lives,” a BBC docu on the North Korean soccer team’s exploits in the 1996 World Cup tourney. Yi says he’s talking to Spice Factory with a view to bringing them on board and hopes to shoot next spring or summer.
Also, he’s developing “The Bridge at No Gun Ri,” based on an eponymous novel about 350 Korean civilians killed by the U.S. Army in the opening days of the Korean War. E Pictures will produce with Korean banner Myung Films (“Joint Security Area”) and is looking for a U.S. partner.