More Remakes: Park Chan-wook's Thirst and Bong Joon-ho's Mother
by Alex Billington
May 20, 2009
Another day, another few remakes. This time it's not just one remake, but six! Variety has published a brief update from Cannes outlining the remake status of six films from Korean directors Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. The focus is mainly on Park's Thirst, which debuted at Cannes already and is being circled by big producers for a remake. But that's not the only Park Chan-wook film being remade - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance remakes are all in development as well. As for Bong Joon-ho, his Cannes film Mother as well as the creature feature The Host are being circled, too.
Thirst is a co-production between CJ Entertainment in Korea and Focus Features in the US, so Focus has the first look at any remake. As of today, they haven't announced anything, but it's inevitable. I hate to say it, but Thirst and Mother (I've seen both) are ripe for remakes. Both films aren't that accessible to mainstream American audiences, but remaking them would take their great stories, re-package them for American audiences, and introduce more people to the originals (which will unquestionably be better). That explanation may be confusing, but I'm trying to look at the more positive side of this news for once.
The moment we have any updates on remakes of Thirst or Mother, we'll let you know. In the meantime, we'll keep you updated on their release plans. Thirst will be in theaters this fall. Mother doesn't have a US distributor yet or release date set. If you're fans of either director, I do suggest checking out both films.