A Hollywood production company has acquired the remake rights of Terbalik, a local film starring Bront Palarae that is due to start shooting next year.

During a press conference and signing ceremony on Aug 18, Ivanhoe Pictures signed a multi-million ringgit agreement with Malaysian production company 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd to adapt the Terbalik screenplay for international audiences in 34 countries including the United States, South Korea, China, Spain and France.

Terbalik is a horror-thriller about a man fighting to survive a horrific car accident and three sadistic boys in a jungle. The screenplay is written by Yasu Tanaka, the director and writer of award-winning psychological drama Nota, released in 2015. The international version will be titled Upside Down.

In a video message shown during the press conference, Bront said he is very excited to be a part of the production, describing it as “unprecedented” for a Malaysian movie.

Ivanhoe Pictures recently wrapped up the filming of its latest Hollywood production Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore and Malaysia. Previously, the company partnered with Fox International Productions to release South Korean horror hit The Wailing.

In a press statement, CEO and president of Ivanhoe Pictures John Penotti said they are delighted for the partnership with 42nd Pictures.

“Yasu and Bea Tanaka (the co-founder of 42nd Pictures) have become friends and business colleagues. With the remake of Terbalik, we’re going to get an opportunity to continue working with our Malaysian partners,” Penotti said.

Bea Tanaka (left) co-founder of 42nd Pictures, and Terbalik screenwriter and director Yasu Tanaka. Photo: The Star/Faihan Ghani