Park Chan-Wook's 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' Getting a Remake
by Ethan Anderton
May 21, 2013
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.