In Busan’s Asian Film market it is unveiling “Will You Be There?,” a film adaptation of French novelist Guillaume Musso’s bestselling novel of the same name. Starring veteran actor Kim Yun-seok (“The Priests”) and indie actor Byun Yo-han (“Madonna”), the fantasy romance sees the story of a man who travels time to save his girlfriend, who is destined to die because of him. Directed by Hong Ji-young (“The Naked Kitchen”,) the film is currently in post-production and set for a December release.
Lotte is also launching “The Sheriff in Town,” Kim Hyung-joo’s directorial debut feature produced by leading indie production house Sanai Pictures (“New World”.) “Sheriff” evolves around an unofficial law official in Busan who starts investigating a rising businessman, suspecting his involvement in a drug sting. The crime comedy stars some of Korea’s most in-demand character actors, including Cho Jin-woong (“The Handmaiden”), Kim Sung-kyun (“Nameless Gangster”) and Lee Sung-min (“Violent Prosecutor”). Set for a 2017 release, “Sheriff” is currently in production.
Another comedy actioner, “Officers in Training” features two rising actors Park Seo-jun (“The Beauty Inside”) and Kang Ha-neul (“Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet”.) Directing “Officers” is Jason Kim, who has handled investments for major films such as “The Thieves,” “Secretly Greatly” and “The Suspect.” “Officers” sees two police academy recruits who try to rescue a woman being abducted, on behalf of the inefficient police. The feature is in pre-production and is set for a 2017 release.
This year, the conglomerate enjoyed a summer box office success with Hur Jin-ho’s historical melodrama “The Last Princess.”
At the Busan market, Lotte is also selling its next potential tentpole for 2017, “Along with the Gods.” Directed by Kim Yong-hwa (“Mr. Go”), the fantasy drama is a film adaptation of a popular fantasy web cartoon of the same name. It stars top Korean actors Ha Jung-woo (“Tunnel”,) Lee Jung-jae (“Assassination”,) Don Lee (“Train to Busan”) and leading K-pop boy band EXO’s Doh Kyung-soo (“Cart”.) It is set as Korea’s first two-part feature film, divided into ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Mortal Life’ chapters. The first part is set for a theatrical release in 2017.