Park Chan-Wook's 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' Getting a Remake

May 21, 2013

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

While we're waiting for a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy from director Spike Lee, another film in what is called the Vengeance Trilogy is also getting the remake treatment. Deadline reports Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment are working with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment to create an English-language remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance with Broken City writer Brian Tucker behind the script. The film is actually the first film in the aforementioned trilogy, but this isn't the kind of film series where you need to see the other two films in order to enjoy and understand the films in the series. Read on!

For those who don't know, the story follows arecently laid off factory worker who kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. As of now there's no director, but Silver Reel and Lotus are looking for one to make a splash with their first film as part of their new partnership. Lorenzo di Bonaventura isn't exactly known for making films that aren't commercial (he's behind franchises like G.I. Joe and Transformers), so we're not sure what to expect. It'll be interesting to see if the remakes of Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance share any of the same themes or have similar styles with different directors at the helm. They likely won't be regarded in a series the same way that Chan-wook's original films are grouped together, but hopefully they're good.

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  • Linkfx
    oh god. this is disappointing. that's my favorite Chan Wook Park film. Stylistically the original has very little in common with Oldboy or Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, this is his "Reservoir Dogs".
    • Isildur_of_Numenor
      They had to... It's also my favorite of his and one of my favorite movies overall.
  • Nielsen700
    I've never seen the original film, (even though I'm planing to do so SOON) but this remake sounds retarded.
  • foomanchew24
    I'm pretty sure that Old Boy is part of the vengeance trilogy.
  • I am so butthurt about this whole remake thing. Fuck American remakes. Go watch it with the fucking subtitles. These films are pieces of art.
  • gluglu
    why is this reported again ? we already knew Charlize Theron was producing this or something. Seeing which production companies are making it as well as Brian Tucker(broken city had a really bad script) writing it it will without a doubt suck. Such a shame.
  • DavideCoppola
    Totally boycotting and ignoring this. Starting: now!
  • The Baroness
    Pure BS. If they touch my personal fav of the trilogy, 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance' I will be royally pissed off.




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