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Remakes: Two Korean films getting remade; Susanne Bier to remake RAPT

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 23rd, 2011

It goes without saying that remakes of Korean features have become the film world’s next big thing.

And now, two Hollywood filmmakers have decided to jump aboard this bandwagon.

First off, Deadline has revealed that Chris Columbus will be helming a remake of the Kim Young-tak film, HELLO GHOST. Following a man who attempts to kill himself, only to be haunted by ghosts after failing to do so, the film was a relatively big hit in its country of origin, and sounds like a relatively interesting premise.

Also, Deadline reports that MEAN GIRLS helmer Mark Waters will direct a remake of Lee Hae-joon’s CASTAWAY TO THE MOON, which follows a similar story, about a man who ends up having a relationship spark with a girl after failing to kill himself by jumping off of a bridge. For more remake news, hit the jump.

Personally, while both have similar, if rather interesting, plots, I’m far more interested in the Waters project. Columbus has proven to be one of the most underwhelming filmmakers in the film world, and while Waters is no Ingmar Bergman, I feel as though the film will be much more interesting in his hands.

A remake that this writer is more than excited for happens to have been announced today as well. Deadline (again) reports that Susanne Bier, whose last film IN A BETTER WORLD is an Oscar nominee, will direct a remake of a remake of a French thriller, RAPT. The film follows “a corporate chairman who is held for ransom by a group of highly organized criminals while family, the corporation and the police are pitted against each other.” A thriller from Bier? Count me more than in.

What do you think?

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