Sheep Without a Shepherd: Drishyam to be made in Korean, alliance confirmed

An alliance between the South Korean Anthology Studios and the Indian production company Panorama Studios for the Korean adaptation of the Drishyam franchise  has been announced.

On Sunday at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Panorama Studios, an Indian production companye announcement was made in the presence of the producers Jay Choi and Kumar Mangat Pathak. This will serve as the second worldwide language remake of Drishyam. The movie was translated into Chinese as Sheep Without a Shepherd.

Mohanlal, a suspect in the killing of the IG’s son, appeared in the Malayalam crime drama Drishyam. He tries everything in his ability to keep himself and his family safe from the police. Jeethu Joseph wrote and directed the first movie, which was released in 2013. Four versions of Jeethu’s Drishyam have been produced: Drushyam (2014) in Telugu, Drishya (2014) in Kannada, and Papanasam (2015) in Tamil. The Hindi versions of the 2015 and 2022 films Drishyam and Drishyam 2 starred Ajay Devgn and Tabu in the major roles.

Speaking about the update of the Korean language remake, Kumar Mangat averred in a statement, “I’m excited that the Drishyam franchise is being made in Korean – a first for a Hindi film. This will not only increase its reach outside India but will also put Hindi cinema on the global map. All these years, we have been inspired by Korean fare. Now they have found a muse in one of our films. What can be a bigger achievement for the Indian film fraternity.”

Jay further added, “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to remake a massively successful Hindi film with a touch of originality from Korean cinema. And the remake has greater significance as the first major co-production between Korea and India. Through our partnership, we will be able to bring the best of both Indian and Korean cinema and make a meaningful remake that is as excellent as the original.”

US-origin erstwhile Warner Bros executive, Jack Nguyen will serve as the executive producer for the Korean remake of the film. A PTI report mentioned Jack’s words, “I have history with and the utmost respect for these highly-regarded producers so it was a natural fit for me to bring them together to collaborate on a great story in Drishyam. I’m excited to help them make history with this first-of-its-kind Indian-Korean co-production.”