Monahan Scripting 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance' for Charlize Theron

November 28, 2012

Charlize Theron

While Spike Lee is busy working on his own remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, another film from the South Korean filmmaker is getting the remake treatment, but it's not exactly surprising news. Way back in March of 2008 we heard that Charlize Theron would star in and produce a remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, part of Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy that also includes Oldboy, but there hasn't been any news since. Now a press release has announced the project again with a script coming from William Monahan (The Departed), who most recently took to directing for the first time with London Boulevard.

For those unfamiliar, the film follows a woman who spends 13-years imprisoned for the kidnap and murder of a 6-year old boy and upon release, seeks revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates she gets closer and closer to her goal. Monahan says, "This will be very American – and very unexpected. Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I've got blood in my teeth to do it.” The good news is that you don't have to see the other two films in the Vengeance trilogy to see this one, but it's interesting that two out of the three films from Chan-wook's series are being remade. Warner Bros is supposed to be remaking Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance too, but we're not sure where that project is at right now.

Theron is a great actress, and if she's been trying to get this off the ground for years now, she's clearly dedicated to the story. Monahan did wonders with his script for The Departed, which itself was a remake of the foreign film Infernal Affairs, so maybe he can get some Oscar love as a writer again this time around. Chan-wook's films are revered by many, so they definitely have an uphill climb to get cinephiles familiar with his previous work on board. Thoughts?

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This would have to be as dark as the original to succeed. Also an actor as brilliant as Min-Sik Choi. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is still my favorite.

Jaret Curial on Nov 28, 2012


Mine too! Glad to see someone who likes the first one the most, I've heard only people who considered Oldboy or Lady Vengeance as the best of the "trilogy". As for Theron, I think she can pull it off. She has the (great) sex appeal and suave confidence to play the role.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 28, 2012


You two aren't alone! If any of them actually get finished, let it please be Mr. Vengeance. Lady Vengeance was my least favourite, but I'm still glad they're talking about making it.

Couch on Nov 28, 2012

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