'Dredd' & 'The Grey' Producer Developing Remake of 'I Saw the Devil'
After Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy bombed at the box office and hasn't received much praise from critics, you would think producers would shy away from English-language remakes of critically praised foreign films for a little while. However, Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar, along with Spencer Silna and the duo's 1984 Private Defense Contractors production banner, have just acquired the English language remake rights to I Saw the Devil, the 2010 South Korean thriller from director Kim Jee Woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, The Last Stand). So there's something we can lament in the future.
Shankar says (via ComingSoon):
"Kim Jee Woon's 'I Saw the Devil' is perfect in so many ways. The intention is not to remake the film per say but rather to 'port' it console style for international audiences."
That sounds even worse than remaking the film as its own unique entity. It treats the film as a product and not a work of art. Anyway, the original film actually follows original Oldboy star Choi Min-sik as a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. His latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun (Byung-hun Lee of G.I. Joe). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. Shankar is also working on a C-list female version of The Expendables, and it likely won't shake a stick at the developing film The ExpendaBelles with a much more high profile cast, so we're not surprised to see him try to grab something else just to cash in on a recognizable title with little work required. Let's just hope it never gets made.