CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment conglomerate, will announce today that its homegrown hit, “Miss Granny,” will be remade in no less than six countries: Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Germany. The Vietnamese and Japanese versions are well under way already with the other four still in development.
“Sweet 20,” the Vietnamese version directed by Phan Gia Nhat Linh, has wrapped shooting and is set for a December release.
The body swap comedy’s Japanese version started production last month and is tentatively set for a theatrical release in the first half of 2016. Japanese project is co-financed by CJ, Japan-based production and distribution company Shochiku Films and Nippon TV. Production is being handled by C&I Entertainment, which previously produced “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Book of Circus.” Mizuta Nobuo, who previously directed comedy films “The Apology King” and “Maiko Haaaan!!!,” is directing the new version. The cast includes Tabe Mikako (“Midnight Diner”) and Mitsuko Baisho, most internationally known for Shohei Imamura-directed films.
The Chinese remake of “Miss Granny” – titled “20, Once Again!” – was released in January with more emphasis on the melodramatic elements of the original story as well as replacement soundtracks with songs that are popular in Chinese-language speaking region, such as Deng Li Jun.
“For this new remake, the Japanese director participated in script adaptation in order to better localize the original story,” said Kini Kim, CJ Entertainment’s head of international sales & distribution team. “CJ E&M’s global entry strategy has been considered so unique that major foreign studios have taken interest,” he continued.
The film’s original Korean version “Miss Granny” was released in January 2014 in Korea and earned $53.7 million from 865 admissions, followed by the huge success of its Chinese-language adaptation “20, Once Again!” that made $57.4 million. “20” is the all-time biggest Korea-China co-production in China.