Departed's Monahan and Leo DiCaprio Eyeing The Chaser Remake
Leonardo DiCaprio is all about Asia nowadays. We confirmed early this month that there will be a 2009-slated, live-action remake of the Japanese classic Akira, for which the 33-year old actor is apparently set to star in and produce. Now, word comes that DiCaprio might lead a William Monahan-adapted remake of the Korean hit The Chaser, which was only released in that country last month. I guess the $20 million+ it's earned so far speaks to its appeal, if not the fact that Warner Brothers picked up the remake rights earlier this week for reportedly $1 million. Not bad.
Thankfully, this isn't another Grudge or any of that Asia-to-America horror nonsense. At a high level, the film will depict DiCaprio as an "ex-cop who goes on the warpath trying to find a missing girl. The girl, who may or may not be alive, is being used by a serial killer to taunt the police."
Fittingly, the cop drama is not unlike DiCaprio's last big-budget appearance The Departed. And guess what, The Departed was an Asian-hit remake as well, adapted by Monahan, too. But wait, there's more. Roy Lee and Doug Davison are reportedly on board to produce, and they were executive producers of Departed.
With these similarities in place and the success of the Academy-Award winning Boston-based thriller, things certainly sound promising for a domestic appearance of The Chaser. However, there has yet to be speculation as to the film's director. (Not surprising, since it's so early in the game). Martin Scorsese directed The Departed, which was no small reason why the film did so well. I wonder who might helm this story? Any thoughts on who might be a good choice?
I'd hesitate to describe this as the next Departed, despite the initial staffing déjà vu. Chaser looks to be much darker, based partly on the story of real-life serial killer. Plus, there doesn't look to be the interplay between the likes of Mark Walberg, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, and of course, Jack Nicholson.
Granted, the film sounds really interesting and has done well so far, being praised by critics and fans for its "tight plot, impressive acting and relentless speed." What do you think - does this already sound good?