First, Sungwoo Lee got to see his beloved Kansas City Royals make and then win the World Series and became a KC hero in the process. Now he’s poised to get a movie made about it. In SK Global’s second such local-language sports-centric deal in a week, it is teaming with Korean biggie CJ E&M for Super Fan.
The pic follows longtime (and long-distance) fan Lee’s 2014 pilgrimage from South Korea to Kansas City, where he was embraced by fans, who later credited him with a win streak that led to the Royals’ first World Series appearance in 30 years. The team won the Series the following year. Young Il Kim (Billions, Black List script Rodham) is penning the script.
Last week, SK Global, the joint venture between Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, said it was teaming with China’s Beijing Hairun Pictures on My Other Home, a Mandarin-language biopic about former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury’s second career as China hoops star.
Ivanhoe already has seen success in Korea, teaming with Fox International Productions on Na Hong Jin’s out-of-competition Cannes title The Wailing, which bowed as No. 1 film in South Korea, grossing nearly $50M since its May bow.
The company also is set to start principal photography in India on Ghoul, the first in a 10-picture local-language genre slate there with Blumhouse Productions and Phantom Films. It additionally is ramping up for a Singapore shoot on its local-language feature film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians with director Jon M. Chu and producer Nina Jacobson.
CJ (Snowpiercer) is in production on the Thai remake of Miss Granny, to be released at year’s end.