Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance remake moving forward
Last I remember it was Charlize Theron who was working on a remake of Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance as both producer and star, well that was some time ago. Now there's news that Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance has taken a step forward in production.
With Oldboy almost complete surely we're going to hear that the second in the vengeance trilogy of Chan-wook's will get pushed back on the production pile as well, or will two be enough for Western audiences?
The script for the remake is written by Brian Tucker who wrote the recent Broken City, he doesn't have any other feature film scripts to his name, and word on a director and stars is yet to be released or even decided. He was writing the script back in January of 2010, according to this previous story, well before he was working on Broken City.
The news comes from Cannes through Deadline and First Showing who reveal that Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment have partnered with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment. There's not much else to be heard about the story other than they are looking for a director now and that the company Silver Reel are looking to deliver high-calibre projects which means that this could be a big production.
We're waiting on Spike Lee's Oldboy with Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley and if that works and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance turns into a big production will we also see the plans to remake Sympathy for Lady Vengeance revived? I think that might just happen and if they are will Charlize Theron be willing to step into the leading role and deliver a strong female character?
I've enjoyed every film in the trilogy and I do wonder if the OldBoy (Filmstalker review) remake or a remake of Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance will live up to their originals. Mind you they only need to turn a profit for Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review) to be pushed through to production.