Universal, Focus Board Thirst


Universal Pictures and Focus Features have boarded Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s in-production vampire movie Thirst, reports Variety.

Universal and Focus will invest in and co-produce the film, which has so far been steered by Korean major CJ Entertainment.

Thirst stars Song Kang-ho (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Host) and Shin Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). Involving unusually risqué elements, the film also stars Kim Ok-bi (Dasepo Naughty Girls) as leading lady.

The film is about a priest who participates in a medical experiment to find a cure for a deadly disease with traumatic repercussions.

It is scheduled to be completed in time for a festival premiere in mid-2009.