D'Works will redo hit film from Japan


DreamWorks has picked up the remake rights to Japanese blockbuster "Yomigaeri" (Resurrection) from Tokyo Broadcasting System and tapped William Nicholson to pen the English-language version.

Based on the novel by award-winning author Shinji Kajio, "Yomigaeri" centers on a government official investigating the reappearance of a young child who, after missing for 60 years, returns having not aged at all.

A commercial success when it was released in Japan in 2003, "Yomigaeri" received four nominations for Japan's top film awards, including best screenplay.

Brad Krevoy is producing via his MPCA shingle along with Filosophia's Tetsu Fujimura as well as original producer Takashi Hirano.

"Yomigaeri" will mark the fourth Asian film that DreamWorks has brought to the U.S. The studio made "The Ring" and "The Ring Two" and is in postproduction on a new version of the South Korean film "A Tale of Two Sisters."

The studio hopes to be in production this year.

Marc Haimes and Jonathan Eirich will oversee for DreamWorks, while Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber will handle development for MPCA.

British scribe Nicholson is repped by CAA. (partialdiff)