Park Chan-wook Confirms Next Project is Adaptation of 'Fingersmith'
After making his English-language debut with Stoker last year, director Park Chan-wook will get back in Korean mode for a new thriller, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith. ScreenDaily reports the film is Chan-wook's next project and hopes to start casting this month with production planned sometime in the first half of 2015. The film will go by the title Agashi overseas (which means "young lady" or "miss"), but an English title has yet to be decided. It also marks Chan-wook's return to Korean films after six years away, spending his time making short films in addition to the aforementioned Sundance thriller.
Here's an official synopsis of the book:
Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.
One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.
With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.
We all know just how gifted Chan-wook can be with the right material, especially when it comes to thrillers, so this will surely have cinephiles excited. While the book was set in Victorian London, this adaptation will be set in Korea, during the time it was under Japanese rule. Chan-wook will also produce the film through his Moho Film banner, fresh off their success with Snowpiercer. The book was previously adapted by the BBC in 2005, but with Chan-wook's new take on the material, it will likely be completely different, even beyond the change of the setting. Sound good?