British brothers to remake Korean thriller ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’

2006 June, /12

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) — British brothers Tom and Charlie Guard are to direct a remake of the South Korean film "A Tale of Two Sisters" for the U.S. studio DreamWorks, which holds the remake rights, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Production will begin this fall, the report said. Kim Jee-woon’s 2003 domestic box office hit "Janghwa, Hongryeon," as the film was titled in South Korea, also screened in Japan, China and Hong Kong.

DreamWorks paid US$1 million for the remake rights in 2003 and is required under the contract to pay another $1 million once production on the film begins.

The new movie will revolve around the tale of teenage sisters Anna and Alex Rydell who return home from a mental hospital only to find their recovery unraveling because of a wicked stepmother, clueless father and a lingering ghost, the report said.

It is to be the first feature film by the British duo who have made award-winning short films, it said.

The original Korean movie starring Yeom Jeong-a, Im Soo-jung and Moon Geun-young sold 2 million tickets in South Korea, a record for a domestic horror movie.

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