Korea's Fine Cut has announced the $1m sale of remake rights for Na Hong-jin's thriller The Chaser to Warner Brothers.
The no. 1 film, released Feb 14, has grossed over $20m (KW19bn) with 2.8 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC)'s database as of March 6.
In the film, a man declares to the police that he is responsible for a series of brutal murders, but they can't arrest him without any evidence. He taunts them by saying the last girl to go missing may still be alive, and an ex-cop, less concerned with evidence than finding the missing girl, goes on the warpath.
The critically-lauded film is a Bidangil production presented by Big House/Vantage Holdings, which has recently been coming on fast and strong in the investment/production sector. Showbox Mediaplex is distributing the film locally.
"Shortly after receiving feverish interest from numerous US companies after the private screening at Berlin in February, we prepared a one-time screening in LA which most of the Hollywood studio executives attended," said Suh Young-joo, head of Fine Cut.
"Among all the offers from the majors, we finalised a favorable deal with Warner Brothers at $1m for the remake rights with additional compensations. Currently a top-class Hollywood writer is showing very strong interest in the remake after attending the LA screening," she added.
The Korean producers will receive a co-producer credit in the Warner Brothers' remake.
The Chaser did a slew of pre-sales to France, Benelux, Greece and Hong Kong at the European Film Market last month.