It was only a matter of time before Chan-wook Park's films started infiltrating Hollywood, we're just a little surprised it's taken this long. After all, Oldboy, the South Korean director's big international breakout, is nearly a decade old at this point. But for whatever reason, it's taken this long and 2013 is set to be the year Park and his films make it big in America. His own English-language debut, Stoker, will hit theaters, as will Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy. And now another film from the director's vengeance trilogy is poised for an American remake as well.
Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Zero Dark Thirty), CJ Entertainment (the Korean powerhouse studio), and Denver & Delilah (Charlize Theron's company) are teaming up to produce a remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, which will be written by none other than William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven). Theron will also star in the film about a woman who does the time for a murder she never committed and seeks brutal retribution on the real killer once she's out.
Aside from Oldboy, Lady Vengeance is the most logical of Park's films to remake, and it could certainly hold up to an Americanization-- especially if it's done by Monahan. It's not a particularly complicated story, but it deals with some pretty heavy emotions that pay off in a very memorable way. Just picturing Theron in the final scenes has me excited already.
But what about you? Should Sympathy for Lady Vengeance be remade? And if so, who should direct it?