'The Last Stand' Helmer Kim Jee-woon to Direct Adaptation of 'Coward'
After making his English-language debut with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon is taking on another project for American audiences. Variety reports Jee-woon is set to direct an adaptation of Coward, a new graphic novel (and winner of an Eisner Award) that kicks off the Criminal series, which consists of six interconnected stories. David Slade was originally attached to direct the project nearly two years ago, but now Jee-woon will be at the helm of the story about Leo, a master thief and heist planner living in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlives.
When Slade was attached, the sequel was already being developed as well, but we're not sure if that's the case anymore. Electric City Entertainment (the company behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines) is producing the film with Sierra/Affinity financing and selling it overseas. It doesn't sound like the film has a studio home for distribution in the US just yet, but it could always go the indie rote as well. We're interested to see what Kim Jee-woon can do with material like this when he doesn't have to bring a giant action star back from retirement, and hopefully it's more in line with The Good, the Bad, the Weird.