Cover your eyes, Korean crime drama purists, another English language remake is on the way. A new version of Park Chan-wook’s classic “Old Boy” is in the works already, with Spike Lee directing and Josh Brolin starring (retitled “Oldboy,” by the way), and now we have word from Deadline that a remake of Park’s “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” is also in the works. Charlize Theron will star and William Monahan is writing the script.
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The original 2005 film centered on a woman who for reasons of her own completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, re-emerging to punish the killer and avenge the dead.
That’s a role any actress would want, but too bad, Charlize has it sealed up.
Monahan has this to say about the project:
“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.”
There may well be people on screen with blood on their teeth by the time all is said and done.
Theron will next be seen in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and is also supposed to star in John Madden’s “Murder Mystery.”