Mark Waters Set for Remake of Korean Film 'Castaway on the Moon'
This seems like an odd choice. Mark Waters, the guy who directed Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Spiderwick Chronicles and Jim Carrey's Mr. Popper's Penguins coming in summer, has been hired to remake a Korean film called Castaway on the Moon. Deadline reports that CJ Entertainment, a major Korean production company, has hired Waters for an English-language remake, to be written by Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation). The Korean flick already premiered at fests and in its native country a few years back, but as is the trend nowadays, they're firing up a remake quickly before anyone even knows about the original. Read on!
In Castaway on the Moon , a man jumps off a bridge in a suicide attempt, only to lying on a deserted beach on a tiny uninhabited island in the river somewhere near Seoul. In an apartment that overlooks the river, a reclusive girl who hasn't ventured out of her room for years catches sight of the man through her telescope (see above). She becomes fixated on him as he leads his lonely but apparently contented life, and it compels her to step outside again. Sounds like it's another one of those quaint/charming dramas about love and how life changes when the right person wanders into it. Charming, but again, why do we need a remake? Waters has better things to spend his time directing, like that awesome time-travel Beatles project Get Back instead.