8 Korean films slated for a Hollywood remake
With largely mixed buzz around Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan Wook’s Oldboy heating up online discussion, it was only natural — although cringe-inducing — to see what else Hollywood has in store for some of the beloved hits of Korean cinema.
Warning: Adam Sandler is somewhere on this list.
1. Man From Nowhere
In 2012, Dimension films acquired the remake rights to this exhilarating crime thriller, which stars Won Bin in his career-defining role. Shawn Christensen, who wrote the critically slammed Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction, is attached to write the screenplay.
2. The Chaser
Warner Bros. purchased the remake rights in 2008. The film was director Na Hong Jin’s freshman attempt and garnered critical and box-office acclaim upon its release.
The last we heard of its progress in Hollywood, negotiations were underway for William Monahan, the writer of The Departed (a remake of Infernal Affairs), to pen the screenplay.
3. New World
Sony Pictures acquired remake rights for this slick and stylish gangster pic in 2013. The Hollywood screenplay will be written by Will Fetters, who wrote Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born.
4. A Bittersweet Life
This crime film, directed by Kim Ji Woon and starring Lee Byung Hun, remains a Korean favorite.
As of 2012, Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli) was attached to direct, with the film being re-written by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus).
5. The Host
Universal Pictures bought the remake rights to this Bong Joon Ho film in 2008. Gore Verbinski was attached to produce, with Fredrik Bond directing and Mark Poirier writing.
6. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
A part of Park’s vengeance trilogy, Sympathy was picked up for a Hollywood remake with Charlize Theron attached to play the leading role. William Monahan (The Departed) has been tapped to write the screenplay.
7. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Hollywood just can’t leave a single part of Park’s trilogy alone. As of mid-2013, the film will be directed by Hany Abu-Assad, who was responsible for the Oscar-nominated Paradise Now. Screenwriter Brian Tucker (Broken City) is attached to write.
8. Hello Ghost
Hollywood has decided to take this lovable Cha Tae Hyun comedy and turn it into what will undoubtedly be another Adam Sandler stumble. Directed by Chris Columbus, of all people.
Thanks, Hollywood. (Yeah, we all still remember The Lake House. Yep.)