Psy, who became a global phenomenon with his most-downloaded music video, is all set to play the lead character essayed by Prabhudeva in the Hindi original.
Executives from the Korean production house are likely to visit the Mumbai office of UTV to ink the deal and officially buy the rights to remake the dance film.
“The South Korean film production house has been communicating with the UTV officials to purchase the remake rights. The plan is to have a South Korean version for which some officials will soon fly down to India,” a source at UTV said.
There have been reports that makers of the South Korean version will also take inputs from ABCD director Remo D’Souza .
“The South Korean filmmakers have liked the script and the presentation, which their audience can relate to. Korea normally specialises in violent films and story-based drama but is largely low on dance-based films. They plan to officially buy the rights so that they can make the film in their own style and by adding many of their local dance forms,” Remo said.
“Stories of underdogs make for interesting plots but the Korean filmmaker plan to have their own interpretation of the dance film, which is growing as a prominent genre,” added Remo, who is already on his way to start the script of a sequel to ABCD.
With Psy’s Gangnam style being a global rage, it was natural that he would be signed as the hero of the film since the plot is about dance.
For UTV, the deal with a foreign film production house is a profitable business. “The deal adds to the value of a small budget film that did a decent business at the box office. A remake in a foreign language will add to its USP,” said a source at UTV.
ABCD was made on a modest budget of Rs.12 crore and featured participants and winners of various reality TV dance shows along with Prabhudeva and K.K. Menon. The small-budget film saw collections worth Rs.37 crore, which makes it a hit.