Kim Ji-Woon Making US Debut with Action Movie 'Last Stand'
Even though we already thought South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-Woon was planning his first US-set film with high profiles actors like Clive Owen and Sienna Miller (reported last year), apparently that won't be his first US feature after all. Latino Review is reporting that Lionsgate has hired Ji-Woon (of A Bittersweet Life, The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw the Devil) to direct a project called The Last Stand. The script was featured on last year's screenplay Blacklist and is apparently an action thriller about a drug cartel with shades of Gone in 60 Seconds and High Noon. This could be a fairly awesome Hollywood debut for Ji-Woon.
The Last Stand, written by Andrew Knauer, is about a drug cartel king who escapes his trial in a 200MPH Gumpert Apollo, and the only thing standing between him and Mexican freedom is a small town cop in a bordertown and his inexperienced staff. No clue if he's planning to bring in someone like Clive Owen, but it sounds like a badass project, especially for someone like Ji-Woon who has a knack for kick ass action scenes. I just hope it doesn't turn out as dull and forgettable as Lionsgate's From Paris with Love, which was Taken director Pierre Morel's more Hollywood-ish second movie. Until we hear more, any one of you who haven't seen The Good, The Bad, The Weird should buy it or get it on Netflix immediately - it's one of my favorites!