Thirst (Bakjwi) to join remake list?
Chan-wook Park has a number of his projects in some form of remake production with Hollywood, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and even Mother is already being discussed by production companies in the U.S., and now we're hearing that Thirst (Bakjwi) could be the next to come.
Thirst is a co-production between CJ Entertainment and Focus Features International, so it's Focus that would have the first call on the remake, although details are sparse as to what is actually happening on that front.
We know that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are looking at Oldboy (Filmstalker review) now, that Charlize Theron is working on Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review), and the story from Variety also tells us that Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is being worked on by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
However the article doesn't actually tell us if there are plans or talk of a remake, all it really says is that the film is a co-production with one American production company involved, and if there was to be a remake they would have first crack.
Now tell me, where's the news of a remake in there?
Add to that the absurdity of Hollywood and the desire to continually box something into neat categories as the story carries a caption to a picture of the film saying that the interest in the film is...
“...due to the success of vampire film Twilight”
I haven't seen Thirst yet, but I know this straight off the bat, the similarities will be that characters will perform an act similar to that of sucking blood from their victims. Here they aren't specifically vampires in the traditional sense of the word, and there's no teen angst being thrown around with only a few sexier qualities of vampires thrown in to try and capture the blossoming sexual urges of the target audience.
The films could not be more alike. Godzilla features a monster, as does Twilight, how about connecting those two films?
Regardless of the validity of the story, Chan-wook Park has no desire to get involved in any of these projects though, saying simply:
“I want them to treat my films as if they were books and I was an 18th century writer who has long been dead.”
Well they can't harm the originals can they? Really all they can do is promote the originals to a new audience, and perhaps get them a little more widely seen, particularly if they are bad.