Oldboy director coming to Hollywood?
Is Park Chan-Wook coming to Hollywood? If the stories are true then he certainly is and he's looking set to direct Stoker, a film written by Wentworth Miller and in production by the Scott brother's company with Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster starring.
Now that would be an interesting prospect, the director of JSA: Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg and Thirst, making films in Hollywood? Surely that's a good thing? Then again, if his own films can't be remade in Hollywood, what will happen if he tries to make a film there?
I'm not so sure that this could be such a good move for Park Chan-Wook, he's not going to be able to make films of the darkness and strength that he has to date in Hollywood, he may struggle to fight past through the studios and their executives. Will Hollywood be too restrictive?
It certainly could be, up until now the might of Steven Spielberg and Will Smith couldn't get Oldboy (Filmstalker review) made in Hollywood, and that wasn't the first attempt, although it certainly was the biggest, what chance does Park Chan-Wook of coming through unscathed?
Perhaps this isn't a problem though, and perhaps him coming to direct a film in Hollywood is not about taking his style and storytelling there but to try his hand at the Hollywood way of film-making, experience the studios, the stars, and try and make a film for that market rather than the market for films such as Oldboy.
The story in L.A. Times 24 Frames says that they have two "inside sources" who are telling them that Park Chan-Wook is in talks to direct the film, a film which tells the story of a woman whose eccentric uncle comes back into her life after the death of her father. There aren't many more details as yet, but it's being pitched as a dramatic thriller, territory that would suit the director well.
It already sounds as though Stoker has a good start, with Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster starring, Wentworth Miller writing, and Scott Free producing, there's a big weight behind the film already. Will Park Chan-Wook sign up for it? Will he be able to bring something unique to Hollywood, and more importantly will Hollywood accept it?