Cannes: Panorama Studios and Anthology Studios announced collaboration in Korean for the reboot of the ‘Drishyam’ film series. The studios made the news at the India Pavilion at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, with their respective heads, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Jay Choi, present.
Drishyam was a Malayalam-language crime thriller movie that was released in 2013. The original was written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. The story follows Georgekutty (Mohanlal) and his family who comes under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar, the son of IG Geetha Prabhakar, goes missing.
The success of the film led to Indian and international remakes, along with sequels. In 2014, the film was remade in Kannada as Drishya and in Telugu as Drushyam. Later in 2015, it was remade into Tamil as Papanasam and Hindi as Drishyam. There are also international remakes in Sinhalese and Mandarin.
Pathak, who acquired multiple language rights, is now taking it to South Korea, making it the first ever Hindi film to ever be remade in Korean.
Pathak said that “I’m excited that the ‘Drishyam’ franchise is being made in Korean, a first for a Hindi film. This will not only increase its reach outside India but also put Hindi cinema on the global map. All these years, we have been inspired by Korean fare, and now they have found a muse in one of our films. What can be a bigger achievement for the Indian film fraternity.”
Jay Choi, who co-founded Anthology Studios along with actor Song Kang-Ho and director Kim Jee-woon, also expressed his excitement about the collaboration.
Former Warner Bros. executive Jack Nguyen is set to serve as the executive producer on the remake. Nguyen previously worked with Pathak in the WB produced comedy “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge” and with Choi on the blockbuster drama “Age of Shadows.”