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Larry Yang to Direct Chinese Remake of ‘The Call’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Larry Yang, the Chinese director whose heartfelt drama “Mountain Cry” was the closing film at last month’s Busan festival, will next direct a licensed remake of police thriller “The Call.”

Yang will adapt and direct the film, which is being set up at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Hairun Films. The two production companies are in final negotiation with the owners of the original film Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for the remake rights.

The Call” originally starred Halle Berry and was directed by Brad Anderson. It involves a 911 operator who takes a life altering call from a teenage girl and is forced to confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl. It was released by TriStar Pictures.

The remake will be the second picture, after “Mountain Cry” on a five-film slate being jointly produced by VRPA and Hairun.

Also on the slate is “My Other Home,” a biopic of U.S. basketball star Stephon Marbury, who has made a second big career in China, winning three championships with the Beijing Ducks. Marbury is confirmed to star as himself. The producers are in advanced negotiations with a director.

Also on the slate is “Hide and Seek,” a licensed remake of the hit 2013 Korean thriller of the same name, which will be directed by Zhao Tianyu, and is currently in casting; and “IPO” a financial scandal thriller set in the roller-coaster environment of China’s capital markets. No director is yet attached.

VRPA is one of only a handful of Western companies to go native in China, producing local movies that are primarily targeted at the China market. It was previously involved with Stephen Chow’s hit “Journey to the West” and Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, “Man of Tai Chi.”

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