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Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock to Star in Remake of Korean Film

2005/01/20 | Permalink | Source

SEOUL (Yonhap) - Keanu Reeves is to star in the Hollywood version of the South Korean melodrama "Il Mare (Siwolae)", a local film studio said Thursday.
Reeves will play the main character, a young man who moves to a lakeside house called "Il Mare" and starts communicating by mail with a woman living in the future, said Cinema Service, which is in charge of the original film's overseas sales.

"We heard from the Hollywood film studio Warner Brothers that Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock will act in the movie", Lee Yong-shin of Cinema Service said.

The remake will be filmed in Chicago from March 14 by Argentine director Alejandro Agnesti, he said, adding the title will be "Il Mare" or "The Lakehouse".

Hollywood studios have bought the rights to about 11 South Korean films, but "Il Mare" is the first remake to have its filming schedule fixed.

The other movies include "My Sassy Girl", "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Old Boy", Phone, "My Wife Is a Gangster", "My Teacher, Mr. Kim", "Hi, Dharma!" and "Jail Breakers - No. 815".

"If the remake of 'Il Mare' is a success in the United States, it will have a positive effect on the local film industry", Lee said.

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