Warner Bros Remaking Chan-Wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
by Alex Billington
January 7, 2010
What happened to that Oldboy remake with Will Smith? Variety is reporting tonight that Warner Brothers has acquired remakes right to Park Chan-wook's 2002 film Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, this first in his brutal but brilliant Vengeance Trilogy. The studio has already assigned Brian Tucker (of the upcoming Broken City) to write the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is producing along with Mark Vahradian, Miky Lee, Ted Kim, and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Schneider. Interestingly, French filmmaker and JCVD director Mabrouk El Mechri is also executive producing. An odd mix of people.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the one film from the Vengeance Trilogy that I haven't seen yet, so I can't speak to it. The film is a "bleak and violent tale of revenge gone wrong." It tells the story of a poor man who kidnaps a young girl to pay for his sister's much-needed transplant. When the young girl accidentally dies, her bereaved father goes on a search for answers and vengeance. My first concern regarding any remake of a Park Chan-wook film is how they'll be able to make it without including all the insane brutality and violence that Park does. They better hire a director as brilliant at Martin Scorsese to handle this or we're screwed.