Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have partnered to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
Theron will star as well as produce with Denver & Delilah partner Beth Kono, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Chelsea Barnard, CJ Entertainment’s Ted Kim, and William Monahan. Justine Suzanne Jones of Henceforth Pictures, AJ Dix of Denver & Delilah, Ted Schipper of Annapurna Pictures and Miky Lee of CJ Entertainment will executive produce. Ellison and Annapurna Pictures will finance the film. Panorama Media will serve as the international sales agent.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the story of a woman who for reasons of her own completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, reemerging to punish the killer, and avenge the dead.
“This will be very American and very unexpected,” says Monahan. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”
A dramatist, director and novelist, William Monahan recently completed the screenplay for The Gambler for Martin Scorsese at Paramount, and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He will next direct Mojave, an original thriller. He won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese, which earned four Oscars®, including Best Picture. His production company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of feature and television projects in development, including a screen adaptation of his first novel, “Light House: A Trifle,” and “The Throwaways,” a New Yorker piece by journalist Sarah Stillman.
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