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Perhaps believing that they’ve got their hands on another potential “The Departed” (i.e. the only worthwhile American remake of an Asian film in recent memory), Warner Bros. has purchased remake rights for the South Korean crime thriller “The Chaser” for a cool $1 million plus incentives, and negotiations are already under way for William Monahan, writer of “The Departed”, to script the remake, while Leonardo DiCaprio, star of “The Departed”, is circling the project as a potential star. The original was written and directed by Na Hong-jin.
Dan Lin, Doug Davison, Roy Lee and Monahan will be producers, with DiCaprio possibly ending up in some producing capacity as well.
The mid-budget thriller has earned more than $20 million in 20 days of release.
Pic is based loosely on the exploits of a real-life serial killer, played by Ha Jung-woo (“Never Forever”).
Now if they can only get Scorsese to sign up, they can really sell the whole “Departed 2″ vibe…
Some images from the original: