CJ Entertainment, producer of Bong Joon-ho’s ground-breaking, multiple Oscar-winning film Parasite, has tapped award-winning Chain Letter and The Intruder director Deon Taylor to direct the gothic horror/thriller Grave Hill, the company’s English language remake of the popular Vietnamese horror film The Housemaid.
Written and directed by Derek Nguyen, the original film was released in 2016, the film was a popular hit with a story that explores racial and social themes through a period piece, romance/horror film.
In the original film, "When an orphaned Vietnamese girl is hired to be a housemaid at a haunted rubber plantation in 1953 French Indochina, she unexpectedly falls in love with the French landowner and awakens the vengeful ghost of his dead wife... who is out for blood."
The remake will stay true to this concept, taking place in the American South during the Reconstruction Era.
Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) wrote the adapted screenplay with Derek Nguyen.
"Deon is a filmmaker who will absolutely push boundaries and challenge sensibilities when it comes to elevating a story – particularly those rooted in suspense with social and racial themes," said Jerry Ko, CJ Entertainment’s Head of International Division. "His creative vision for ‘Grave Hill’ involves stepping far beyond the ordinary to retell a haunting story that’s different from anything audiences have seen before."
"Having the opportunity to work with CJ Entertainment is absolutely a dream come true," said Taylor. "The collaboration they created with Bong Joon Ho and the film Parasite was incredible. I truly believe Grave Hill is a special film that will speak to social themes we are dealing with today and simultaneously push audiences to the edge of their seats just like the original version did. This is a rare film and I’m very excited to bring it to life with CJ and team!"
CJ Entertainment is financing, developing and producing the new English language remake. Executive producers are CJ Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Jinnie Choi and Jerry Ko along with Hidden Empire’s Roxanne Taylor and Motor’s Sean Sorensen.
Producers are Don Handfield (The Founder), through his Motor production banner, Timothy Linh Bui (producer of the original film), through his Happy Canvas, Derek Nguyen, and CJ Entertainment’s Yeonu Choi.
The film is expected to begin principal photography in Q1 2021.