EFM: Ana De Armas & Demián Bichir To Star In Thriller ‘JSA’ Based On Korean Hit, Saboteur Launches Sales

Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) are set to star in drama-thriller JSA, screenwriter David Franzoni’s (Gladiator) reworking of hit Korean film Joint Security Area, which was directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy).

Franzoni has scripted and will direct the feature about the love affair between a U.S. Marine and a female Spanish infantry lawyer (De Armas) who is sent by The Hague to investigate a shoot-out between Marines and Mexican special forces.

Producers are Terry Botwick, Paul Yi, Marcus Englefield, and George Lee. Saboteur Media’s Nick Quested, David Kennedy and Mark Lindsay are executive producers.

Saboteur/Goldcrest will launch sales at the EFM. Pic is scheduled to go into pre-production this coming fall.

Lindsay stated, “We are thrilled to be working with such a talented writer-director as David Franzoni on what we believe will be a must have project for buyers. This is a story that is eerily similar to the border issue we are dealing with today in the US and is perfectly timed for worldwide audiences.”

Producer Botwick added, “David Franzoni and I are frequent collaborators. His writing is powerful, filled with emotion and resonance. We are so pleased to have actors as accomplished and passionate as Anna and Demián helping to translate the vision for this timely film. The original JSA is one of Korea’s most successful and precious movies and we hope our adaptation is an important contribution to the cultural dialogue.”

Bichir contributed a guest column for Deadline this week on movie Roma.

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