Chungeorahm sets up ’29 Years’

Film unit announces next project

Chungeorahm, the Korean shingle responsible for mega hit “The Host,” has unveiled actioner “29 Years” as its next big budget production.

Like “The Host” which was full of veiled social criticism, “29 Years” is certain to be contentious in Korea.

Based on a popular comic strip serialized online by cartoonist Kang Full (“A.P.T.”), pic probes the Gwangju Massacre, a real life incident in 1980 when troops opened fire on civilians in the city and killed thousands.

Story follows a former soldier who, in order to assuage his guilty conscience 29 years later, sets out to assassinate the person who ordered the massacre. Former Korean president Chun Doo-hwan is widely suspected to have given the order and the film makes a fictionalized Chun the assassin’s target.

Scripted and to be helmed by Lee Hae-young, pic is to be produced by Chungeorahm on a $6.5 million budget, with lensing beginning this month and delivery skedded for April 2009.

Chungeorahm has assembled an ensemble cast led by Kim A-jung (“200 Pounds Beauty”) and Ryoo Seung-bum (“Bloody Tie”) and also stars Byun Hee-bong (“The Host”,) Jin Goo (“Epitaph”) and Chun Ho-jin (“G.P.506”.) Chungeorahm is retaining local distribution rights and has not yet fixed int’l sales representation.