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Busan: Chinese to Remake Korean Horror Classic ‘Whispering Corridor’

Korean horror classic franchise “Whispering Corridor,” to which four loosely-connected sequels have been made, is receiving a Chinese-language remake. It was announced Sunday at the Busan market.

Production will be handled by Beijing-based Beautiful Creative Force Culture Media, October Pictures’ Seoul branch, and the original franchise’s production house Cine2000. Zhen Qin, who studied film directing in Korea’s Chungang University and directed “Twin Spirit,” a horror film starring a Korean actress last year, will direct the remake. According to October Pictures producer Charles Kim, the remake deal has been made due to the growing demand for genre films in the ever-expanding Chinese market.

The “Corridor” franchise has been a debut platform for several young Korean film talents including director Kim Tae-yong (“Late Autumn”) and actresses Kim Ok-bin (“Thirst”) and Kim Kyu-ri (“Revivre”). Casting has begun on the project with known and unknown actors expected to be hired. Kim told Variety that a K-pop singer also auditioned.

Cine2000 CEO Lee Choon-yun, producer of the original Korean franchise, said that he hopes “the remake will keep the essence of ‘Corridor,’ a real-life frustration and fear that high school students have.”

The ghost story, which is set in an all-girl high school, is expected to go through some major alterations because film censors in China will not approve ghost films and China has no all-girl high schools.

“We are currently developing the script that the censorship board hopefully will not reject,” said the Chinese exec producer Liu Hongbin. “We chose ‘Corridor’ because it is an all-time classic Korean horror franchise that deeply influenced audiences in both Korea and China, and I promise that this Chinese version will not be a simple spin-off, nor a naive remake.”

The film is expected to be shot, at least partly, in Korea and is currently set for a 2016 release in China.

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