WB chases Korean thriller rights


SEOUL -- Warner Bros. has bought remake rights to the South Korean thriller "The Chaser" for $1 million, international sales house Fine Cut said Thursday.

Directed by Na Hong-jin, the relatively small-budget film was a surprise hit when it was released Feb. 14. In three weeks, it has grossed about $25 million in Korea and is still No. 1 at the boxoffice.

Fine Cut said that a "top-class Hollywood writer is showing strong interest," but that Warners is not ready to announce details of the project.

"The Chaser" received much attention at the European Film Market in February and already has been presold to France, Benelux, Greece and Hong Kong.

Fine Cut was launched earlier this year by Suh Young-joo, who previously founded successful international sales house Cineclick Asia.

Fine Cut focuses on international sales, co-productions and co-financing.