Academy Award® Winner Geoffrey Fletcher to Pen Screenplay for CJ Entertainment’s English Language Remake of Horror-Thriller “THE HOUSEMAID”
It was announced today that an English language remake of Vietnam’s highest grossing horror film of all time “The Housemaid” has been greenlit by CJ Entertainment, Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate, and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher will write the adapted screenplay.
Fletcher won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Precious” in 2010, becoming the first African American to receive an Academy Award® for writing. He also wrote the upcoming “Trial By Fire”, based on The New Yorker article by David Grann, with Ed Zwick directing and Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell starring.
“The Housemaid” is a Vietnamese film, written and directed by Derek Nguyen, produced by Timothy Linh Bui, which CJ Entertainment financed and produced. Released in 2016, the film was a massive hit with a story that explores racial and social themes through a period/romance/horror film. The remake will stay true to this concept, taking place in the deep South during the Reconstruction Era.
CJ Entertainment is financing, developing and producing the new English language remake. Producers are Don Handfield (The Founder), through his Motor production banner, Timothy Linh Bui (producer of the original Vietnamese “Housemaid”) via his Happy Canvas production label, CJ Entertainment’s Tae Sung Jeong and Francis Chung. CJ Entertainment’s Mike Im is executive producing along with Derek Nguyen.
Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based Director of Development, and Jihyun Ok, CJ’s Seoul-based Director of Development, will oversee development of the project.
Geoffrey Fletcher said: “The opportunity to reimagine this compelling story in the context of American history is incredibly exciting. Collaborating with CJ Entertainment and Motor, an international team of talents, is equally thrilling and this unique project speaks to the creative power of diverse voices. Derek Nguyen’s cinematic fable, produced by Timothy Bui, is perfect for Reconstruction Era reinvention, especially today.”
Francis Chung, VP of Global Co-Productions and Head of U.S. Production at CJ Entertainment, said: “One of the main reasons why horror films are performing so well is the polished writing and elevated level of storytelling. Knowing the bar has been set so much higher in this category, we recognize the necessity of allowing an extremely gifted writer like Geoffrey Fletcher take the reins to craft a compelling new version of the story. We’re beyond excited to put the story in Geoffrey’s hands and equally excited to be partnering with Don and Tim to bring this new version to a global audience.”
“Don Handfield said: “When Tim Bui showed me The Housemaid that he shot in Vietnam, it had all the elements of a transcendent horror film: a thrilling story, a mind-blowing twist, and most importantly, a deeper layer of allegory and metaphor that felt so relevant in today’s socio-political climate. I knew it would require a special writer for the US adaptation, and had been wanting to work with my ping pong adversary Geoffrey Fletcher for years. He was the only writer we approached and he responded immediately. Thrilled to be making this film with him, Timothy, and the incredible team at CJ”
Timothy Linh Bui said: “When Derek and I first developed the project for Vietnam, we both felt it naturally lent itself to an adaptation in the US due to similar themes of oppression and resistance that led to both the French Indochina War and the American Civil War. I am inspired that Geoffrey shares in this same vision and I am thrilled to partner with Don and the CJ team on this film.”
Writer of the original film Derek Nguyen said: “When writing the original script for The Housemaid, I became aware of the many parallels between the lives of Vietnamese indentured servants during the French colonial period and African American slaves in the American South. It’s an honor to have a celebrated screenwriter such as Geoffrey Fletcher shed light on the horrors of brutal injustice in a new version that will not only entertain but provoke thought.”
CJ has become aggressive in adapting some of its most popular films for the global marketplace. “The Housemaid” now joins recently announced projects like “The Vanished” and “Hide and Seek” on CJ’s growing slate of English language film adaptions, reinforcing the company’s commitment to building out a strong industry leadership position in the feature production space.
Geoffrey Fletcher is represented by CAA. Derek Nguyen is represented by Andre Des Rochers at Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP and Jeffry Melnick at Eighth Square Entertainment
NEAT: THE STORY OF BOURBON ARRIVES ON FEB 20TH! CHECK OUT THE TRAILER!
NEAT: The Story of Bourbon is coming to EST and VOD on February 20th! Directed by David Altrogge and featuring Steve Zahn (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Joy Ride), NEAT dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Exploring its colorful history, charismatic characters, and uniquely American process, the film is a celebration of the artistry that makes America’s only native spirit.
TAD THE LOST EXPLORER AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS comes to DVD and Digital on April 10th
Tad and his loveable and zany friends are back in the all-new animated adventure TAD THE LOST EXPLORER AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the 2013 hit Tad, The Lost Explorer, Tad dreams of becoming an archeologist traveling the world, uncovering hidden secrets and lost treasure, but his job working construction keeps him daydreaming instead of exploring. The chance of a lifetime comes when he is invited to attend archaeologist Sara Lavrof’s presentation of her latest discovery–the papyrus that proves the existence of the Necklace of Midas, the legendary King who turned everything he touched into solid gold. When an evil billionaire forces Sara to help him find the enchanted talisman, Tad must rescue the girl of his dreams on a trip around the world, in this new hilarious, action-packed adventure the whole family will love!
A recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval, TAD THE LOST EXPLORER AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS is rated PG and is an ideal family film loaded with fun, laughter and adventure. The film will be available on DVD (with Digital copy) and on Digital beginning April 10, 2018.
HBO’s Emmy®-Winning Series VICE: SEASON 5 Available for Digital Download 2/12!
Witness the VICE team’s squad of fearless correspondents and documentarians as they continue to deliver powerful, hard-hitting stories from around the world when VICE: Season 5, is available on Digital Download February 12th, 2018.
In a wide-ranging mix of international and domestic stories, VICE brings some of today’s most pressing stories to light in the fifth season, which takes viewers from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, to the frontlines of lifesaving breakthroughs in medical technology around the world. With a compelling, immersive documentary approach, the series brings a unique perspective to showcasing the people, places and events shaping our future. Starring award-winning journalist Ben Anderson, along with rising stars Isobel Yeung and Gianna Toboni, season five also features VICE Media founder Suroosh Alvi, Hamilton Morris, Thomas Morton, Eddie Huang, Wilbert Cooper, Charlet Duboc, Taylor Wilson, Cord Jefferson and Ben Ferguson.
VICE: Season 5 is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and Josh Tyrangiel, with co-executive producers, Tim Clancy and Jonah Kaplan, and is hosted by Shane Smith.
Masaaki Yuasa’s Cult Classic MIND GAME Returns to LA on February 16th, NY on March 2nd
GKIDS is proud to present the cult classic MIND GAME, from famed anime director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman: Crybaby, Lu Over the Wall). MIND GAME will open at the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles on February 16th with a special midnight screening, which will be duplicated exclusively at additional Landmark Theatres locations for one-night only (additional night available in select locations), and will open in New York at the Metrograph on March 2nd for a traditional theatrical run. For tickets and more information about national engagements, please visit www.mindgamemovie.com.
ABOUT MIND GAME
Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful images ricochet in rapid-fire associations, like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest.
ABOUT MASAAKI YUASA
After graduating from Kyushu Sangyo University majoring in Fine Arts, he joined Ajia-do (an animation studio in Tokyo) and became a key animator for the anime TV show Chibi Maruko-chan. After becoming freelance, he did the background set design and key animation for the Crayon Shin-chan movies. He also wrote the script for his first directorial work, the 2004 title Mind Game, which won the Animation Division Grand Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival put on by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan, and was praised as one of the Top 100 animated films of all time by a jury of critics, filmmakers and animation historians in Time Out New York. He would go on to direct his first original TV anime, Kemonozume (2006) as well as the 2010 feature The Tatami Galaxy, based off a book by Tomihiko Morimi, both of which won many awards.
In 2014, he also directed, wrote the script, and did storyboarding for Food Chain, an episode of the popular American TV series Adventure Time. The episode earned him an Annie Award nomination for Best Director of a TV episode. Lu Over the Wall (2017), his latest feature, won the grand prize Cristal for a Feature Film at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the most prestigious international festival for animation, and was also an official selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It will be released in theaters by GKIDS in late spring 2018.
TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL – Available on Blu-ray, On Demand and Digital May 1
Get ready for a wild and lethal adventure in the next chapter of the beloved cult-classic Tremors franchise, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, arriving on Blu-rayTM combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tremors patriarch Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits”) reprises his iconic role as Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer along with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as Burt’s son Travis Welker in this all-new terrifying yet hilarious movie filled with even more quick-witted humor, screwball antics and action-packed thrills than ever before.
The perfect mix of action, horror and comedy, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes fully loaded with exclusive bonus features that will take audiences deeper into the outrageous world of Tremors, with special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an up-close look at the very first underwater Graboid attack, and commentary from the filmmakers.
Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!
Tremors: The Complete Collection will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2018. New and longtime fans can now enjoy the wonder of all six movies in one must-own set including, Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors: The Legend Begins, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, and the newest film Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell.
BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
- The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss why Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet.
- Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack.
- Inside Chang’s Market: Chang’s Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise.
Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
- Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
- Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
- Movies Anywhere is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.
Spinning Man | New Trailer with Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver
Directed by: Simon Kaijser
Written by: Matt Aldrich
Produced by: Keith Arnold, p.g.a. & Ellen Wander, p.g.a.
Genre: Mystery Thriller