In the Manta adaptation, protagonist Ko Gunsoo was recreated as a female detective, and the story begins when she accidentally hits a homeless man with her car shortly after her mother’s death. Not wanting to be charged with manslaughter, Gunsoo hides the body in her mother’s coffin. A mysterious stranger soon arrives, claiming knowledge of the hit-and-run, and Gunsoo finds himself embroiled in a sleazy police corruption scandal.
The 2014 film was produced by AD406 and distributed internationally by Showbox/Mediaplex.
“While we are currently known primarily for our romantic content, ‘A Hard Day’ is part of our expansion into the action and thriller category. We are thrilled for our fans to experience the story and the incredible artwork,” said Jeon Moonseok , Chief Content Officer at Manta Comics.
Webcomics or webtoons continue to be a new source of new intellectual property, which is being increasingly leveraged by entertainment studios around the world to be adapted into streaming, TV and movie formats. But Manta Comics, which has previously released “Svaha: The Sixth Finger” suggests that the process can also be reversed.
Manta Comics operates an in-house studio and works with outside partners to produce original webcomics. He says he offers “engaging and captivating webcomics for fans of romantic, fantasy, dramatic, horror and mystery stories”. It does this via a $3.99 monthly subscription — rather than the webtoon industry’s traditional pay-per-episode model — and is available on Android and iOS.
The company is owned and operated by RIDI Corporation, one of the leading producers and distributors of webcomics and web-novels in Korea. It claims to be the first content startup in the country to achieve unicorn status. It launched a unit in North America in November 2020.
Manta’s lineup includes “Under the Oak Tree”, “Semantic Error”, “Disobey the Duke if You Dare”, “Totem’s Realm”, and “No Love Zone”.
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