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Chris Columbus Remaking Korean Comedy ‘Hello Ghost’

‘Hello Ghost’ told the story of a young man forced to grant four ghosts one dying wish. In America we called it ‘Heart and Souls.’

Chris Columbus Remaking Korean Comedy 'Hello Ghost'

Christopher Columbus is working again, and as always we have mixed feelings. Percy Jackson & The Olympians was a step in the right direction, but mostly Columbus has been disappointing us with tiresome fare like Rent, Bicentennial Man and the first two not-so-good Harry Potter movies. But we’ll always love Columbus, the screenwriter of Gremlins, Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes, even if those movies are 20 years old now, and as always we hope for the best. His latest is a remake (sigh…) of the Korean comedy Hello Ghost, to be produced by the original Korean production company Next Entertainment World. Deadline had the story.

Hello Ghost tells the story of a young man who tries to kill himself, fails, and as a result can see ghosts. (Funny, that never happens when "I" try to kill myself…) Four ghosts in particular refuses to stop haunting him until he each grants them a single wish. Presumably along the way he learns a valuable lesson about something or other. It’s a perfectly fine setup for a movie, or at least it was when Heart and Souls did it in 1993 with Robert Downey Jr. taking requests for ghosts Tom Sizemore, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick and Charles Grodin. Four of them in fact. Is Hello Ghosts just a remake of a remake?

We haven’t seen the original Hello Ghost but it was apparently a box office smash in Korea. Columbus was quoted as saying "Its strong universal message translates to any culture, and I’m looking forward to bringing a version of this wonderful story to the English-speaking audience."  Particularly the ones who can’t read, since releasing Hello Ghost in America with perfectly reasonable subtitles was never considered as a viable option. (Double sigh…)

CraveOnline will be back with more Hello Ghost news as Robert Downey Jr. sings ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ (For the confused: it happened in Heart and Souls.)