There are a few things in this world that are safe bets: The sun will rise in the east, the birds will fly South for the winter ... and young starlets looking to bolster their box-office track record will sign on to remakes of Asian horror films. Sarah Michelle Gellar did it with The Grudge; Naomi Watts did it with The Ring ... and now, Elizabeth Banks (Spider-Man 3, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) has signed to appear in the upcoming English-language adaptation of A Tale of Two Sisters. The Korean original opened in 2003; what's interesting is that Banks hasn't signed to play one of the two title sisters -- young women dealing with a return home after a brief stay in a mental institution -- but, rather, their stepmother, who has a part to play in the girls' torments.

Kim Jee-Hwoon wrote and directed the original; Thomas and Charles Guard are directing the English adaptation for DreamWorks. Banks has impressive comedy chops, and it'll be interesting to see how she pulls off a horror role -- and, for me, the question is if A Tale of Two Sisters will be part of the recent slate of Asian horror films that have plenty of atmosphere and scary images but no coherent plotting. Banks is the only cast member announced, as yet; A Tale of Two Sisters is slated to be released in 2008.
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