EXCLUSIVE: Mammoth Pictures has acquired the film and TV rights to the hit novella Diary of a Murderer by award-winning Korean author Young-ha Kim. The company’s creative director, Kourosh Ahari (The night, Parallel) is set to lead an English feature adaptation, marking the first production under contract, from a script by Henry Chaisson (Searchlight’s WoodAppleTV+ Servant).
Diary of a Murderer tells the story of a former serial killer with Alzheimer’s disease and increasing memory loss. When his now-peaceful life with his daughter is threatened by new murders mimicking his murders from decades past, he sets his sights on one last murder before he loses his memory completely: the new serial killer he suspects is stalking his daughter – all told in a series of notes that the narrator writes to himself throughout his psychological descent into dementia.
Kim’s short story has already been adapted by Korean director Shin-yeon Won as Memory of a Murder– not to be confused with Bong Joon Ho’s 2003 feature film memories of murder– a film distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment, which grossed over $19 million worldwide when it was released in September 2017. Alex Bretow and Alexis Brontë will produce the new feature film adaptation for Mammoth Pictures.
Kim has also written novels such as I have the right to destroy myself, Why, Arang, Black flower, Your Republic calls you, quiz show and I hear your voice, as well as various essays and short stories. The author has won every major Korean literature award, having his works translated into more than a dozen languages.
Ahari is currently in production as the director of Parallela psychological sci-fi thriller based on the hit Chinese film parallel forestwhich will star Aldis Hodge (black adam), Danielle Deadwyler (Until) and Edwin Hodge (tomorrow’s war). Bretow serves as an executive producer on behalf of Mammoth.
Founded in 2015, Mammoth Pictures is a production company led by filmmakers Ahari, Bretow and Brontë who previously produced the horror thriller The night, directed by Ahari from a screenplay by Iranian screenwriter Milad Jarmooz. The film was released domestically by IFC Midnight in theaters and on demand before heading to Hulu in the US, as well as HBO Max in Latin America and Shudder in the UK, while being released theatrically or on demand in more than 50 additional countries. With Shahab Hosseini, winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes (Seller), The night made history as the first American-produced film to receive a wide official theatrical release in Iran since the Iranian Revolution over 40 years ago, as we told you first.
Ahari is replaced by Paradigm, Rain Management and McKuin Frankel Whitehead; Kim by Echo Lake and Neon Literary; and Chaisson of Paradigm, Curate and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.