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I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK getting remade?

Cyborgbutthatsok.jpgI've not heard of this before, but maybe I'm either forgetting it or missed it because the way in which it's mentioned as a by-line of another story seems that we all should know about the remake of I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK.

According to the article there's a team already working on the development of what's described as a reimagining of the story.

You can read my review of the original I'm a Cyborg but that's OK (Filmstalker review) right here on Filmstalker, the film was directed by Park Chan-Wook who also co-wrote along with Jeong Seo-Gyeong.

As an aside I'm never sure how to write Korean names online, more recently I understood that the correct way is as I've shown them above but IMDB and some other sites always display them the other way around, anyone want to tell me the correct way? In the meantime I'll just keep going.

Park Chan-Wook has delivered some great films and you just have to think Oldboy (Filmstalker review), Thirst, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review), or JSA: Joint Security Area. His latest film is his first foray into working with Hollywood, Stoker is a well cast and much anticipated film, not least to see if he can work well in the Western studio system where so many outside Hollywood have failed.

Meanwhile though Hollywood have been hard at work trying to remake Oldboy, something that has failed time and time again but now looks to be moving forward finally, but I'd never heard of a remake of I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK, until now.

Deadline have a story about an interesting film called Rememory, a film about a man who has invented a machine for capturing and recording people's memories and was planning to release it just before his death. His wife, played by Catherine O'Hara, along with her friend, played by Peter Dinklage, use the device to try and solve the mystery of his death. Mark Palansky and Mike Vukadinovich wrote the story and Palansky is set to direct the film.

It all sounds rather interesting, but in the middle of the article lies the statement of fact that has me wondering what I missed:

Palansky and Vukadinovich are also developing Pete And Goat with Amanda Seyfried and Anton Yelchin as well as Cyborg, the re-imagining of popular Korean romantic drama titled I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK directed by Park Chan-Wook.

What's that you say, they're developing a new version of I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK? I am surprised, first of all that the film could possibly get made here and work, but also that I've not noticed it before. Here's a recap of the plot which might explain why I'm surprised studio executives have thought of it for a remake:

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Yes, that is the plot, but it works really well and to show you how well, let me deliver the closing paragraph of my review from back in 2007:

Overall though the film is beautiful. The scripting, direction and acting is wonderful and very incisive, and the quirky story reveals the simplest of tales, that of love. Chan-wook Park has once again shown that he has a unique vision as well as a great talent for storytelling.

Fantastic, and well worth seeing, yet I just can't see how Hollywood could remake it. Could you?



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