Saban Films has taken North American, UK and Irish rights to CJ ENM’s Joel David Moore directed horror/thriller Hide and Seek starring Golden Globe® winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, The 12th Man, Match Point), Jacinda Barrett (Bloodline, Poseidon, Ladder 49), Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”, Memento) and Mustafa Shakir (“Luke Cage”, “The Deuce”). The socially-minded horror-thriller was developed, financed and produced by CJ ENM, Korea’s leading film studio of Bong Joon-ho’s ground-breaking, multiple Oscar®-winning film “Parasite.”
The film is a remake of NEW’s 2013 Korean social horror-thriller that was a monster hit, reaching 5.6 million admissions and grossing over $35m at the Korean box office. In addition to directing, Joel David Moore wrote the English-language screenplay adaptation. The original Korean version was written and directed by Huh Jung.
“Hide and Seek” is a social horror-thriller that builds upon themes related to the widening gap between the upper 1% and the lower class. As population in urban areas balloon and real estate prices skyrocket, lower-income segments of society are finding themselves continually getting pushed out. This film explores the question of “what if” when those left marginalized decide to take matters, and homes, into their own hands.
When a wealthy businessman follows a lead to find his missing brother, he dives headlong into a twisted underworld of squatters and vagrants that threatens to tear apart his family as he struggles to maintain his sanity.
CJ’s Miky Lee, Jinnie Choi, and Jerry Kyoungboum Ko served as executive producers alongside Joel David Moore with Yeonu Choi producing the film.
Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films with ICM and CAA Media Finance on behalf of filmmakers. CJ ENM is handling sales in Asia, with Hyde Park handling worldwide outside of North America and Asia.