Tyler Perry to Remake Popular South Korean Film
After earning yet another number one film with Boo! A Madea Halloween, Tyler Perry has inked a deal to bring even more hits to the big screen.
Last month, Perry told EBONY he was single-handedly working to fix Hollywood’s diversity problem.
“The end game was owning the studio and hiring thousands of people and while everybody else is talking about diversity, I’m actually making something happen. If you look at the DGA (Directors Guild of America) reporting that one-fourth of all diversity in cable television was because of me, one man,” Perry said. “How could 25 percent be because of one man? Well, the reason is I’m not sitting around focusing talking about a damn dress. I’m making things change and making things happen.”
Now, he’s once again putting his money where his mouth is. According to Shadow and Act, Perry is partnering with Lionsgate to bring two more films to the screen. While the details aren’t known about one project, the other is a remake the popular South Korean dramedy, Miss Granny.
Shadow and Act reports:
The original “Miss Granny” was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk and starred Na Moon-hee as a woman in her 70s who magically finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self (played by Shim Eun-kyung) after having her picture taken at a mysterious photo studio.
After opening in theaters on January 22, 2014, it became a huge box office hit in the country, with a reported 8.65 million tickets sold. To date, the film has earned the equivalent of about $61.8 million, placing it at number 13 on the all-time Korean box office chart. Internationally, outside of South Korean, it’s grossed a total of $59.6 million.
So far, Miss Granny has had Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian remakes, but Perry’s would be the first time it’s been tailored to a Black American audience.
South Korean media company CJ E&M issued a statement saying they’re excited to work with Perry.
“We could not find a partner more suitable for the English-language remake of ‘Granny,’ than Tyler Perry Studio. We expect to see a great English remake, as the company is very strong at making comedies with family bonds at their core.”
Perry’s been unstoppable since bursting on the scene with his Madea films, and it looks like he’s not slowing down anytime soon.