South Korean Horror Film to get Hollywood RemakeBy RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
Be prepared to be spooked again. South Korean horror movie Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018), which some movie fans have called the Korean version of The Blair Witch Project (1999), is getting a Hollywood remake.
According to Los Angeles-based Black Box Management, they and Seoul-based BH Entertainment have struck a deal. Directed by Jung Bum-shik, Gonjiam is about an online reality show which gathers a group of people to explore the abandoned Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, where the hospital director was rumored to have gone missing after killing all the patients.
With a small resemblance to The Blair Witch Project, some have compared and call it the South Korean version. But I have to disagree. Yes, it is filmed with that found footage type of cinematography. However, that is where it ends. Where Blair Witch hinted at being scared, Gonjiam gives us something to be scared of. We see what is following instead of where the antagonist was. I am a fan of Blair Witch, but let's be honest. It is pretty much 90 minutes of teenage dry humping without a payoff. The ending is as disappointing as the storyline is refreshing. Gonjiam gives us a compelling story plus an asylum full of insane ghosts that we get to see. Blair Witch was good, but Gonjiam gives us more. If you have not seen the film, I would recommend it. I know the found footage genre has been flooded with less than quality products, but Gonjiam Haunted Asylum is one that delivers.
Gonjiam earned $20 million worldwide on a $2.2 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing horror film in South Korea This would not be the first time a South Korean movie has been remade by Hollywood. With the continued strength of the Korean wave, South Korean movies like the 2016 Train To Busan, 2017 The Villainess, and the 2019 Extreme Job have been lined up for Hollywood remakes.