Charlize Theron Remaking Sympathy for Lady Vengeance?!
In all things remake news (we get enough of this that we could do a remake-a-day feature), the latest is that Charlize Theron is planning to remake Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. In an odd information-less announcement on Boston.com (as originally pointed out by Bloody Disgusting), they mention that Theron is both producing and starring in a remake. As odd and shockingly revealing this announcement is, I'm not exactly immediately disgusted that they're doing a remake. Well, wait, yes I am - don't touch any of Park Chan-wook's classics!
Interestingly, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is one of the few Korean dramatic thriller classics that I'm very familiar with and would be angered to see remade. Well, not really angered, but there is no way that I could see a remake turning out even as remotely as good as the original. Part of my concern actually lies within Charlize Theron. Sure she's a fine actor, but she's going to bring that Hollywood A-list repertoire to the film and it's going to lose the finesse that Korean actress Lee Yeong-ae brought to Lee Geum-ja. There is really no way at all that a remake could turn out any better, so why even do it to begin with?
If you're unfamiliar with the film, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is a 2005 Korean thriller directed by Park Chan-wook. After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. Lady Vengeance is the third in Park Chan-wook's trifecta of revenge films, with Old Boy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance being the others.