Mirovision eyeing 'Tomorrow'

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Mirovision Inc., a leading independent South Korean film production and distribution outfit, on Saturday announced it is making "Tomorrow News," a live-action film based on a 20-year-old cult classic Korean manga by Kang Chulso.

Director Chung Keun-sup is in Mirovision's sights to direct "Tomorrow," which the 10-year-old, privately held company hopes to finish in spring after four years of build-up, company president Jason Chae said Saturday at the American Film Market.

Chae said Mirovision plans to spin off "Tomorrow" into a television series after its theatrical release to help cover its production costs in the depressed Korean entertainment market. No broadcaster is yet involved, Chae said.

Mirovision also sold the comedy "The Mafia, the Salesman" at AFM to Jiant in Thailand, Chae said.

The company also said it will handle worldwide rights for "Once Upon Time," a newly unveiled project to be directed by Chung Yongki of the "Marrying the Mafia" films, now in preproduction with Mirovision's production partner IM Pictures.

"Once" takes director Chung back to 1940s-era Seoul for an adventure comedy, starring Park Yongwoo ("For Horowitz," "My Scary Girl") and Lee Boyoung ("Dirty Carnival"), Chae said. The film, budgeted at about $6 million, is now being shot near Seoul.

Chae credited Mirovision CEO Bae Sooseok, who joined the company in January, for the company's new domestic production tack.

On the international front, Chae said Mirovision has just appointed Nicholas Piccato as the new foreign executive for co-productions. Piccato, a Frenchman, formerly worked in the film industry in Mexico.

Picatto said that the company hopes to sell market debut film "Muoi," a horror film shot in Vietnam by director Kim Tae-kyung with rising actress Cha Ye-ryun, best known from "The Girl's High School Ghost Story" franchise, and Jo An.
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