A Hollywood remake of Chookiat Sakveerakul's 2006 thriller 13 Game Sayong (13 เกมสยอง, a.k.a. 13 Beloved and 13: Game of Death), has been in the works for years.
If I recall, it was The Weinstein Company that picked up remake rights and released the original version of the gripping psychological thriller starring Noi Sukosol on its Dimension Extreme DVD imprint in the U.S.
The story follows a troubled salesman who is manipulated into taking part in a deadly underground hidden-camera game in which he must perform 13 increasingly grim tasks to win millions in cash.
News of the remake eventually died out, until resurfacing last night that a deal had been struck for The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm to direct the remake.
IM Global CEO Stuart Ford made the announcement on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival and said he hopes to go into production early next year.
According to the news reports, Stamm is adapting the screenplay with David Birke for a production by IM Global and Alliance Films' joint venture Atomatik Another producer is Kiki Miyake of Little Magic, which brought the project to IM Global. Jason Blum and Sahamongkolfilm International's Somsak Techaratanaprasert are named as executive producers.
Meanwhile, what everyone really wants to know is when Chookiat's sequel 14 Beyond will come out, and I guess that's still in the works, probably for next year.
(Via Screen Daily, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)