Kiwi-Korean co-production “Beloved” will go before the cameras in March, producer Lee Nam-jin revealed at the Pusan Intl. Film Festival on Tuesday.
The horror pic, which Lee’s Film Alchemy is making with Kiwi producer Robin Scholes (“Once Were Warriors”) and other partners, is set in New Zealand with a story that Lee describes as a “Korean version of ‘Ghost.’ ”
The producers are still casting a Korean actress and English-speaking actor for the leads, but have inked a prominent Korean director to helm, but “we aren’t at liberty to announce his name yet,” Lee said.
Although Korean companies have put coin into Kiwi productions before, Lee said that “Beloved” is the first with “real creative input from both the Korean and New Zealand sides.”
Why New Zealand? “I have a passion for New Zealand and have long wanted to make a film there,” Lee said. “This is a realization of a dream.”