Chris Columbus will remake the Korean film "Hello Ghost" for English speaking audiences, the director announced Wednesday.
In a press release from WME, the "Home Alone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" director said he and his 1492 Pictures have acquired the rights to the movie about a young man who is haunted by four ghosts after a suicide attempt. The ghosts continue to haunt the man until he helps each of them fulfill a wish.
“After watching “Hello Ghost” I was immediately struck by the film's ability to mix comedy, drama and complex emotional themes,” Columbus said in a written statement. “Its strong universal storyline translates to any culture, and I’m looking forward to bringing a version of this wonderful story to the English-speaking audience.”
Kyungk Jang, VP of Korea's Next Entertainment World, said, “We are thrilled to have Chris Columbus as the director for the ‘Hello Ghost’ remake. We have gladly accepted his offer knowing that he is the guru of family comedy films, and someone who has a solid fan base throughout all ages. “
Columbus will also produce with his 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe.
Columbus and 1492 Pictures are repped by WME. Finecut CEO Youngjoo Suh, who holds the international sales rights, negotiated the rights on behalf of NEW.