EXCLUSIVE: Film financier and fund supervisor Samuel Ha has opened the doorways to Bound Leisure, a brand new studio targeted on world tales and Asia co-productions in movie and TV, whereas additionally publishing internet comics for the U.S. and Korea.
Heading up movie and TV within the Los Angeles workplace is 10-year-international characteristic improvement vet Jamie Lai, whose credit embrace co-producing the South Korea-China co-production Bounty Hunters ($32M China field workplace) starring Lee Min-ho and Tiffany Tang. Lai was additionally the previous lead media producer for Wanda’s film parks. At Bound, she is going to concentrate on bringing content material and expertise from Korea and Asia, and ramping up a genre-driven IP library.
Ha is the previous government fund supervisor at Union Funding Companions, Korea’s largest non-public investor in movie and leisure. He was the manager producer on Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and the affiliate producer on his Snowpiercer. Different producing credit embrace Kim Jee Received’s Inrang: The Wolf Brigade, STX’s Free State of Jones and Secret in Their Eyes, and Drake Doremus’ Equals.
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On the prime of Bound Leisure’s slate is a venture based mostly on Benjamin Wallace’s New York Journal “Chateau Suckers” article, with Fantasy Island and Loopy Wealthy Asians‘ Jimmy O Yang hooked up to play the lead, and Ken Cheng adapting and government producing. The article chronicles the twisty, stranger-than-fiction exploits of infamous wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan (additionally the topic of the 2016 documentary Bitter Grapes), who was convicted in 2013 within the largest case of wine fraud prosecuted in American historical past.
Mentioned Ha, “We’re excited to work with Jimmy O Yang and Ken Cheng as they make the proper companions for this multi-faceted story based mostly on an Asian immigrant. Bound Leisure is dedicated to telling various tales with distinct factors of view – exploring the story behind this con, and the characters concerned to make for the form of compelling leisure Bound goals to convey to the display screen.”
Added Yang and Cheng: “Rudy Kurniawan’s story is unusual, humorous, unhappy and one way or the other manages to encapsulate most of the themes we’re considering, from wine and the immigrant pursuit of the American Dream, to extra wine and the uncomfortable parallels between the ruling elites in Wall Road and Hollywood. What we’re saying is that we actually like wine and have discovered superb companions in Sam and Bound and we’re psyched to work and drink wine with them.”
Bound Leisure’s movie and TV operations in Asia can have a concentrate on Korea and Southeast Asia, with plans to open an workplace in Vietnam this yr earlier than its first Vietnamese co-production movie begins capturing with filmmaker Phan Linh.
Bound can also be launching two worldwide TV collection tailored from novels they acquired: Black Flower by creator Younger-Ha Kim, and The Silence of Bones by debut YA creator June Hur. The latter made Buzzfeed’s 28 Most Anticipated YA Books of 2020.
At Union Funding, Ha managed a big content material funding fund that made greater than 60 offers spanning from fairness investments into leisure and media corporations to financing worldwide co-productions with the U.S. Previous to that, he was a senior government on the movie funding and manufacturing studio DCG Plus, the place he packaged and financed offers on greater than 15 movies that had been bought to main Korean distributors.