Nu Image Eyes Ben Stiller and Jack Nicholson for Remake of Hong Kong Comedy "Delete My Love"

Michael Hui and Wong Cho-Lam in "Delete My Love"

While I was in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival, I saw posters for Patrick Kong’s comedy “Delete My Love” (Wong Cho-Lam, Michael Hui) all over the city.

Apparently, the comedy was being shopped to foreign distributions at the Filmart, and Nu Image had expressed interest.

Last week, after months of negotiations, the film company behind “The Expendables” finally ponied up half a million for the US remake right and are now targeting Ben Stiller and Jack Nicholson for the lead roles.

In “Delete My Love” (aka “Delete Lover”), Wong plays a miserable office worker who has a mean boss (Hui); a best friend who only brings him trouble; a mom who won’t cook him a decent meal; and a girlfriend who thinks it’s a good idea to add pee to his noodle soup (so not much better in the cooking department with the other woman in his life either). One day, he’s suddenly given the power to delete and replace these people with better alternatives. Comedy, hopefully, ensues.

That’s what I get from watching the trailer, which doesn’t inspire confidence. But, a representative from Nu Image saw a private screening and liked it enough to pay for the right to remake it for the US market with top Hollywood talent.

I’m guessing Stiller will be the office worker, and Nicholson will play his boss.

We’ll see how this goes.

“Delete My Love” opened in China a month ago and grossed an unremarkable $4M. It’s opening in Hong Kong this week, and the initial numbers are pretty weak there too. Good luck, Nu Image.

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