UPDATE, 4:33 PM : Dimension Films acquired the rights for The Man From Nowhere from CJ Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Ted Kim for CJ Entertainment; Andrew Kramer, President of Business and Legal Affairs and Adrian Lopez, VP of Business and Legal for Dimension Films. Keith Levine, VP of Production and Development found the project and will oversee with Matthew Signer, SVP of Production and Creative Affairs.
11:25 AM, EXCLUSIVE: Bob Weinstein and SVP Matthew Signer acquired rights to the South Korean action thriller The Man From Nowhere this year and will supervise development of an English-language remake. Weinstein personally sought out Shawn Christensen after reading the spec draft of the writer’s Abduction, which Lionsgate bought last year after a bidding war. Directed by Lee Jeong-beom, the original Nowhere follows a quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past who takes on a drug- and organ-trafficking ring to save the child who is his only friend. The film opened No. 1 at the Korean box office in August 2010 and held the top spot for five weeks in a row, becoming that year’s highest-grossing Korean film.
Christensen recently won the International Audience Award for Curfew, which he wrote, directed and starred in, at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France, one of the world’s most important short film events. Lionsgate will soon release Enter Nowhere, which he co-wrote with Jason Dolan. He previously sold the Black List spec Karma Coalition to Warner Bros. and is developing Sidney Hall with Scott Free, which he co-wrote with Dolan. Christensen is repped by Verve, Caliber Media and attorney Alan Hergott.