'Paradise Now' Director Gets 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' Remake
After making a festival run at Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and more, director Hany Abu-Assad made some impressive indie waves with his Golden Globe-winning film Paradise Now, about two childhood friends who are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Now The Wrap has learned that the filmmaker is stepping up to the plate with the remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the English-language adaptation of Park Chan-Wook's South Korean film of the same name. The original story follows a deaf-mute man whose attempt to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant spawns a series of violent and deadly encounters. Read on!
The film comes from Broken City writer Brian Tucker, and with Abu-Assad on board, some on-screen talent still needs to be rounded up. Transformers and G.I. Joe franchise director Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing the film which will stand independent of the remakes of the other two films in Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy, which are Oldboy from director Spike Lee coming later this year, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance which has William Monahan scripting for star and producer Charlize Theron. We're certainly excited to see what Abu-Assad can do with this material. How about you?