Skybound Entertainment, which is behind series including The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, has struck a deal with Next Entertainment World’s Contents Panda to remake the 2017 film as a scripted TV series. Jung Byung-gil, who directed the original feature and is repped by ICM Partners, will direct the pilot episode. Skybound and Contents Panda are currently looking for a writer for The Villainess.
The Villainess follows Anes, who was kidnapped from her home in Korea and raised as a deadly assassin in Los Angeles. Just when Anes believes she has found true peace, unsettling events drive her to return to Korea to uncover dangerous truths about her home and her past.
The film, which was known locally as Aknyeo and had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, starred Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun and Sung Joon.
“Jung Byung-gil has quickly established himself as one of the world’s great action directors, and we’re incredibly excited to be working with him to expand the world of The Villainess into a thrilling international series,” said Bryan and Sean Furst, Co-Presidents of TV and Film at Skybound Entertainment.
“We expect that The Villainess, which made a successful debut in Cannes Film Festival, will bring special entertainment and fun to the audience with its rich stories of the genre, and through the partnership with Skybound Entertainment, already well-known for The Walking Dead,” said Contents Panda’s Kim Jae-min.
It is the latest Korean-originated project for Skybound, which Kirkman runs with David Alpert and Jon Goldman. Deadline revealed in November that it had partnered with eOne on 5 Year, a pre-apocalyptic series, about a family living under the threat of a deadly meteor headed toward Earth, that started as a Korean drama.
The company, which has a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios, is also producing an animated adaptation of Kirkman’s comic book series Invincible for the streamer, and last night premiered genre-bending docu-series Dead by Dawn on Nat Geo Wild.