Lionsgate accepts Filardi's proposal


Lionsgate has acquired a pitch from Jason Filardi that will offer a comedic look at a Korean wedding. Filardi will pen the comedy with his cousin, Iain McConnell, on whom the story is based.

Although the producing deals are not closed, Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison are expected to produce, along with Miky Lee and Ted Kim of Korea's CJ Entertainment. Filardi will likely executive produce.

In the vein of "Meet the Parents" and inspired by real events, the pitch follows an American guy who falls in love with a Korean woman while teaching English as a second language. He proposes marriage, and she says yes, with a condition: Her Korean family must approve and they must have a traditional wedding in Korea. So the groom makes the trip with his family to marry his true love.

Lionsgate vp production Jim Miller will oversee the project.

Vertigo recently produced "The Strangers" for Rogue and is preparing for the release of "Quarantine" for Screen Gems. The company has produced hits based on Asian properties, including "The Ring," "The Grudge" and Academy Award winner "The Departed."

Filardi is repped by ICM and Brian Lutz. (partialdiff)