Sobini Films topper Mark Amin is making an English-language version of Korean-Japanese melodrama “A Moment to Remember” at CBS Films.
Sobini has a first-look deal with Lionsgate, where Amin is vice chairman and a major investor. CBS Films stepped in after Lionsgate turned down the pic.
“Erin Brockovich” scribe Susannah Grant will pen the screenplay. Story centers on a young man who never stops loving his young wife, even in the face of life-altering tragedy.
“It is earnest but sweet, and that is very hard to find,” Amin told Daily Variety after a Tokyo Film Festival seminar attended by some 200 bizzers. “There is no schedule yet; we’ve only just hired the writer.”
Project has a complicated genesis. Original material was a Japanese TV series, “Pure Soul,” produced in 2001 for Yomiuri TV.
Korean-language remake rights were sold to leading production house Sidus, which co-financed with CJ Entertainment a John H. Lee-helmed movie that was released locally in 2004.
Launched last year, CBS Films aims to develop and produce four to six movies a year with budgets of up to $50 million per film.