A Bittersweet Life remake gains lead
It's strange to me when a film gains a big name lead before it has someone at the head of it to direct, it usually reeks of a studio led money making scheme, and this one certainly sounds just like that.
Denzel Washington, who has just been in the news for asking too much money for a film, is apparently already going to lead the U.S. remake of Kim Ji-Woon’s A Bittersweet Life and without any director or I believe writer attached.
So they have the leading star, now to get someone to write the film and direct it, or will they just be secondary roles? It all seems a little forced to me, but then what do I know, maybe this will turn out superbly well.
A Bittersweet Life is a strong film from Kim Ji-Woon that tells the story of a crime gang enforcer who is asked by his boss, and the boss of the gang, to follow his wife for three days as he believes she is cheating on him. He does and finds that she is, but against his nature he let's them go, giving them the chance to escape, never see each other again, and pretend it never happened.
That's not how it plays out though, and the gang boss discovers the enforcers disloyalty so he has him captured and bundled off into the middle of nowhere to be executed. However he fights back, escapes, and heads off for his revenge.
Remaking the film sounds a good idea, and it could be translated well, much like The Departed (Filmstalker review) was from Infernal Affairs (Filmstalker review), however I don't think they should be casting without the script and director.
Saying that, if the news from Twitch is right, Denzel Washington could make for a strong gang boss, or perhaps as an ageing enforcer. Personally though I'd make him the boss and cast someone else in the enforcer role. What do you think?