Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the pig pen... We've been pumped for Chaw, Korea's monster pig movie, for a couple of years. So it's amazing news that Magnet Releasing has bought the U.S. rights.
Magnet is renaming the film Chawz, to try and suggest that this is sort of a remake of Spielberg's killer-shark movie — only with a giant pig instead of a shark. It makes total sense. In a press release, Magnet's Tom Quinn is quoted as saying:
If Jaws was looking to branch out to dry land, without a doubt he'd want to be Chawz. Another worthy addition to the Korean monster hall of fame and the Magnet Releasing library.
The genre division of Magnolia Pictures swallowed North American rights to the gory, tongue-in-cheek film from director Jeong-won Shin. Story tracks the killer pig's attacks on a group of organic vegetable-picking tourists.
We ran the film's Korean-language trailer, plus a lovely pic of the monster, a while back. Here are a bunch more pics from the film, including some nifty posters and a nice severed-hand image, via Korean Movie: