Pulse Now to Play U.S
Variety reports that Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights, as well as those for several European countries, to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's PULSE (a.k.a. KAIRO). The supernatural chiller was initially acquired four years ago at the Cannes Film Festival by Dimension, with the intention of Wes Craven directing an English-language remake; many fans feared the original would wind up permanently shelved. Now, with the Weinstein brothers finally backing the redux through their new company with Jim Sonzero directing, they have relinquished the Japanese film to Magnolia, which recently found success here with another Asian import, the Thai actioner ONG-BAK. PULSE is about a malignant supernatural force that invades our reality through an Internet site; it hasn't been announced whether Magnolia will put out Kurosawa's film before the Weinsteins' planned March 3 debut of the redux. Kurosawa's previous S?NCE and CHARISMA recently came out on U.S. DVD from Home Vision.
Courtesy of Fangoria