October 24, 2006


At the Pusan Film Market the Weinstein Company picked up the remake and North American rights to 13 BELOVED (which is referred to as 13 in this Variety story). The flick was screaming out "high concept" from the minute I first heard about it, and I figured it was only a matter of time before someone decided to remake it.

If you have a problem with remakes, now's the time to make your peace with them. After THE DEPARTED and GRUDGE 2 both dominated the box office on the same weekend last week the gates have been opened for remake rights to be snapped up for all kinds of Asian movies. Remake fever is in the air again, and I imagine a lot of flicks will have their rights picked up. On the plus side, this is a nice infusion of cash for the filmmakers, and it's not like the original is going to be destroyed or anything. On the negative side, it does seem a bit lazy and like copying off the test paper of the person sitting next to you.

October 24, 2006 at 10:52 AM in News | Permalink


I don't mind remakes in principle. I just wonder what the chances are now that the original film will ever be exhibited in North America?

Posted by: WiseKwai | Oct 25, 2006 11:29:32 PM

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