Warner Bros remade the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs into the Oscar-winning movie The Departed.
Now it's hoping to produce another hit by buying the rights to another movie made by the creative team behind Infernal Affairs and hiring Departed star Leonardo DiCaprio's company to shoot the Hollywood version.
Warner Bros spokeswoman Andrea Marozas and spokeswoman Emily Wong for Hong Kong's Media Asia film company confirmed the deal for the rights to 2006 movie Confession of Pain.
Confession of Pain, starring Cannes best actor winner Tony Leung and Taiwanese-Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro, is about a Hong Kong police officer who avenges the murder of his family after marrying the killer's daughter and earning his trust.
Like Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and written by Felix Chong.
Hollywood producer Roy Lee said Warner Bros has hired him and DiCaprio's production company to shoot the Confession of Pain remake.
It isn't yet known if DiCaprio, once the biggest actor in Hollywood for his role in record-grossing love story meets disaster flick Titanic, will also star in the film.
Lee said William Monahan, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for The Departed, will also write the remake of Confession of Pain.
He said the producers haven't yet decided on a director.
The Departed, which also featured Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon, won best picture and best director for Martin Scorsese at the Oscars on Sunday.
Source: China Daily/agencies