Film likely to be released at year's end or early 2009
IFC has snapped up North American rights to ¡°The Chaser,¡± the Korean actioner that Warner Bros. has already purchased for remake.
Other major territories sold Monday by sales agent Fine Cut were Japan, where pic was co-acquired by the Klockworx Co. and Asmik Ace, and the U.K., where it was sought out by Metrodome.
IFC will likely release the film late this year or early in 2009.
¡°We¡¯ll probably do a platform release as a day-and-date with our video-on-demand platform. I just know that it is going to do great business on VOD,¡± said IFC prexy Jonathan Sehring.
Story sees a pimp outrun the police in a race against time to save the victim of a serial killer.
Pic was written and helmed by first-time filmmaker Na Hong-jin and is the biggest hit of the year in its native South Korea with B.O. of $30 million. It appears in Cannes¡¯ Official Selection as a midnight screening.
Fine Cut, which is headed by Suh Young-joo, founder and former topper of Cineclick, has completed deals in nine territories, including France (Haut et Court), Greece (Seven), Benelux (Cineart) and Hong Kong (Golden Scene).