William Monahan is in discussions to adapt The Chaser, a Korean thriller whose remake rights were just picked up by Warner Bros. for mid-six figures. Leonardo DiCaprio is circling the lead role of an ex-cop who goes on the warpath trying to find a missing girl. The girl, who may or may not be alive, is being used by a serial killer to taunt the police.
Vertigo Entertainment's (The Ring, The Grudge) Roy Lee and Doug Davison, who specialize in bringing Asian fare to American audiences, will produce. "Chaser," from director Na Hong-jin, has been a hit in Korea, grossing more than $20 million. "Chaser" would reunite the team behind the Oscar-winning hit "The Departed."