Boyle directing Aliens 4 and Lady Vengeance?!
I can hardly believe that this is true, but word is that Danny Boyle has been approached for the remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and was also close to directing Alien 4, in fact he says that he even met the stars for the film.
I know that Boyle is riding high from Slumdog Millionaire (Filmstalker review) and will be for some time, and it could buy him the focus to get onto some other high profile projects, but bear in mind that these two approaches are before the film is even released, so perhaps there's a chance he could actually be directing them.
The news that he was approached about a fourth Aliens film comes from Empire through HorrorMovies.ca who have a quick quote from him when he was asked directly about it, while it's far from saying he's directing the film, it is suggesting that he met with the stars and was considering the task. However, equally the comment about chips could just be him playing around.
“Oh my God, that one. Very close actually. In fact I met Sigourney and Winona, which was a great pleasure. Had chips – French fries I should say – with Winona. But I backed out of it. I was terrified of the special effects.”
What do you think? Is there truth in there? Seems that if it is true it was a while ago and he had no real interest in doing the film anyway.
Then there's the comment about the remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review) from Empire through MovieWeb, and this sounds much more positive indeed. In an open chat with fans the following question is posed, pretty general, but it's his answer that surprises.
“Kinema asks: What do you think of the Asian Film Industry, mainly South Korea and Hong Kong? A lot of South Korean movies are being made into US Remakes. Would you ever consider remaking a good South Korean movie, maybe Oldboy?
Seriously, I was just asked to do a remake of Lady Vengeance, the one after Oldboy. My favourite is Audition [Special Edition].”
Now he doesn't commit, but I would suspect that if he was a fan of the original and does have a love for Asian cinema as he suggests, then I would think that he might want to stay clear of a remake.
Mind you, saying that, Lady Vengeance isn't considered the strongest in the series, so if they were going to remake any that might be the best one to tackle.
Also, have a think about the plot line, a woman accused of the murder and kidnap of a young boy has just spent thirteen and a half years in prison. Upon her release she begins to enact her plans for revenge which she also hopes will rectify all the wrong done in her life.
I really liked the film although it just didn't have the same power of the rest in the trilogy. Is there a chance that the remake could happen and that Danny Boyle would consider directing? Would you want to even see that?