South Korean Comedy 'Miss Granny' to Get Thai Remake

Miss Granny - H 2014
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Miss Granny - H 2014

The upcoming co-production by CJ Major Entertainment will be the third remake of the film in Asia.

South Korea's CJ Entertainment and Thailand's Major Cineplex Group have launched co-production company CJ Major Entertainment, the Korean giant announced on Wednesday.

Following through on a memorandum of understanding that was signed in June 2015, CJ Major Entertainment will produce and distribute 10 films in the next three years.

CJ Major Entertainment's first project will be a Thai remake of time-tested Korean comedy Miss Granny. Joey Araya, who has been noted for helming stylish commercials, will direct the film. It is slated to go into production in May for a late 2016 release.

Miss Granny, which made $51.7 million at the Korean box office in 2013, is about a grandmother who magically wakes up in her 20-year-old body. She forms a band with her oblivious grandson to realize her unfulfilled dreams of becoming a singer.

Miss Granny previously got a Chinese-language adaptation, 20, Once Again!, in 2015, which became the highest-grossing Korean-Chinese joint venture production, bringing in $59.3 million. And in February, a Vietnamese version of the family comedy, Sweet 20, earned a cumulative $4.8 million to become the highest-grossing local film of all time. A Japanese rendition is also underway, while CJ has inked remake deals with India, Indonesia and Germany.

"We hope to ultimately transform the paradigm of the Thai film market and help it grow by creating high-quality hit films," said Jeong Tae-seong, head of CJ's film division who also leads CJ Major Entertainment. Local films in Thailand currently account for about 20 percent of the market share.

In addition to co-producing films, CJ Major said it was also looking to nurture and train talented Thai filmmakers, writers and producers.