Deadline has reported that Sony has acquired the rights to remake the South Korean action crime drama, NEW WORLD, for American audiences. The remake will be produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Jon Silk, and written by Will Fetters (A Star Is Born, Crazy For The Storm). The news comes less than a month after North American distribution company theatrically released the film in March.
The South Korean actioner was nominated twice at the Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The film stars Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-shik and Hwang Jung-min and produced by Min-jung Park, Hyun-woo Kim, Jae-Duk Han and Woo-Taek Kim. The film was written and directed by Park Hoon-Jung and was originally theatrically released in South Korea on February 21 by New Entertainment World.
The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called “New World,” with the perfect weapon. The boss’ right hand man, Ja-sung (LEE Jung-jae, THE THIEVES), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (CHOI Min-sik, OLDBOY). With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back.
Using inside information from Ja-sung to damage the relationship between the two feuding contenders, suspicions grow that a traitor lives in their ranks. Ruthless Jung (HWANG Jun-min, BLADES OF BLOOD) escalates the game by hiring hackers to search the police database. As Operation New World closes in, and with the stakes climbing higher and a gangland bloodbath guaranteed among those that remain, Ja-sung makes a final, shocking decision no one could have predicted.
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