Revenge tale takes Tatum to Korea


SEOUL -- Channing Tatum will star in a $10 million-$15 million feature to be filmed in Korea, the film's producers said Sunday.

The as-yet-untitled movie was unveiled by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and Bill Choi and Peter Kieman of Management 360, who said that Fox Atomic will be funding and producing the film.

Tatum ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints") will play an American police detective who travels to Korea and teams up with a local gangster in a quest for revenge and justice.

Lee, best known for a series of remakes of Asian titles in Hollywood, including "The Grudge" and "The Lake House," said that the movie will be "75%-90%" shot in Seoul, most likely with a Korean director and Korean production company.

In addition, the film will be made in two different versions, one emphasizing the American detective for the English-speaking market and one emphasizing the Korean gangster for the Korean market.

From a story by Doug Jung ("Confidence"), the project is on hold because of the WGA strike, but Lee said that once the strike is over, the script could be ready in 4-6 weeks because it was "close to ready."

"Ideally, we would like to be in production next year," Choi said. "Our overall goal is to have the opportunity to create a film that will allow larger audiences to discover Korea and Seoul. We are all big fans and would like to see Seoul promoted."