Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 to Remake Hong Kong Surveillance Thriller 'Overheard'
The 2009 hit has spawned two sequels and was written by two of the three writers of 'Infernal Affairs'
Hong Kong surveillance thriller Overheard is to get an English-language remake according to Chinese production company Bona Film Group, which will cooperate with Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 on the remake.
The film is part of Studio 8's debut slate of releases. Robinov was Warner Bros.' chief when the studio remade Infernal Affairs as The Departed, while Bona's chief operating officer Jeffrey Chan, who confirmed the two companies were working on the project, was with Media Asia when the original Infernal Affairs was made.
Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, two of the three writers behind the international hit Infernal Affairs — which was remade as The Departed — Overheard is a tense drama that follows Hong Kong's white collar crime task force as they investigate stock market manipulation. The resultant wiretaps uncover a huge conspiracy involving murder and police corruption.
Released in 2009, Overheard was a huge success and a sequel was released in 2011 and a third installment earlier this year. All three films feature Daniel Wu and Louis Koo, but curiously both actors play different roles in each film and three films have stories that are entirely independent of each other.
The English-language remake of Overheard is expected to be finished in 2017.