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“Brokeback Mountain” Producers to Co-produce Korean film “The Julia Project”

2006/04/12 | Permalink | Source

The powerhouse American film company "Focus Features " which produced blockbusters such as "Brokeback Mountain", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "The Wedding Banquet", has announced it will co-produce Korea movie "The Julia Project" with LJ Film.

The movie, "The Julia Project" describes the life of Yi Gu, the last heir to Joseon Dynasty on the Korean Peninsula, and his wife Julia.

The two suffer the pains of an arranged marriage of convenience forced by Japan. Yi Gu lived miserable checkered life. Last summer, before his death, Yi Gu remarked, "I do not want to live this type of life again".

LJ Film announced that LJ Film and Focus Features have signed a contract for the co-production, sharing 50% of the production cost each, on Monday, April 10th.

The minimum production cost of this movie will be around US $20 million to $25 million. Currently the two companies are considering scenarios of the movie. Filming should start at the end of this year, the movie will be released in 2007.

According to Park sun-ju of LJ Film, this movie will be screened in both Korea and the United States, and it will be filmed in English as well. Currently, the film companies are working on casting for the movie. They have decided on a Hollywood actress for casting of Julia. However, they have not decided whether they will cast a Hollywood or a Korean actor for the character of Yi Gu.

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