Hollywood to Adapt Vietnam’s Record-Breaking Action-Comedy Film

Producer and actor Kim Ly confirmed that he had agreed to sell the rights of “Ve si Sai Gon” (Saigon Bodyguards) to Universal after one year of negotiating, however, the amount involved is still undisclosed, Zing news reported.


Saigon Bodyguards

Kim Ly and Thai Hoa play the main roles in Ve si Sai Gon

Kim Ly and Thai Hoa actors in Saigon Bodyguards

The news was first reported by entertainment site Deadline Hollywood, and later confirmed by other outlets like Variety and IMDb. According to the reports, Universal is producing a new version of Saigon Bodyguards, with the Russo brothers directing and actors Chris Pratt and Wu Jing starring in the film.

Chris Pratt, Wu Jing Mega; AP

Chris Pratt, a 41-year-old American actor known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, will be joined by Wu Jing, a 46-year-old Chinese martial artist and actor known for his work in the Wolf Warriors film series. The Russo brothers, who were consultants on Wolf Warriors 2, the highest-grossing non-English-language film ever, will be directing Saigon Bodyguards.

Saigon Bodyguards is a comedy that follows two friends as they try to find a kidnapped corporate heir. The original version of the film was directed by Ken Ochiai and produced by Rhombus Media and TNA Entertainments. The new version is being produced by Universal, with Matt Reilly overseeing the project on behalf of the studio and Kassee Whiting overseeing on behalf of AGBO. The screenplay is being written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, who have worked on successful comedy and television projects.