*Tyler Perry has teamed with CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment conglomerate, to produce an English-language remake of Korean hit film “Miss Granny.”
Described as a body-swap romantic comedy, the film follows a 70-year-old woman who transforms into a young woman in her 20s. It was released in January 2014 in Korea and earned $53.7 million from 8.65 million admissions, before going on to be remade in Chinese and Vietnamese.
According to Variety, the production will operate as a co-venture between CJ and Tyler Perry Studio’s 34th Street Films, and target the African-American audience.
“We could not find a partner more suitable for the English-language remake of ‘Granny,’ than Tyler Perry Studio,” CJ said in a statement. “We expect to see a great English remake, as the company is very strong at making comedies with family bonds at their core.”
CJ has also signed a deal with with actor-director Eugenio Derbez’s 3 Pas Studios to produce a Spanish-language version of “Miss Granny.” Both films are set for release in 2018 and both are aimed primarily at the North American market.
The Chinese adaptation, “20, Once Again!,” grossed $57.4 million. CJ’s Vietnamese version, “Sweet 20,” earned a total of $4.8 million in box office to become the highest-grossing local film of all time in that market.
Another in Indonesia is now in post-production and is set for a theatrical release during the first half of 2017.