Spike Lee has been working on his remake of Korean auteur Park Chan-wook’s Old Boy and there’s been talk of remaking that movie’s follow-up Lady Vengeance for some time, but now it looks like they’re going ahead and tackling the first movie in Park Chan-wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy,” Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance as well.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment have teamed with Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment for the English language remake with Broken City writer Brian Tucker on script-writing duties. Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce with Claudia Bluemhuber. Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Jacob Pechenik and Gero Bauknecht are executive producers. Other producers include D.J. Gugenheim, Ed Fee, CJs Miky Lee and Joon Choi, Jiwon Park and Min Young Hong, so there should be lots of chefs making sure this one cooks up just right.
The original story involves a poor deaf mute man who tries to come up with money for his sister’s operation who gets ripped off, but according to the Deadline story, this one “centers on two men who are bound by their common sense of loss and headed on a collision course of revenge.”
You can read ComingSoon.net’s review of the original movie here.
The first attempt at a Park Chan-wook remake, Spike Lee’s Oldboy, is scheduled for release by FilmDistrict on October 11.