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Apparently Hollywood hasn’t quite learned from the disaster that was Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake, where an international foreign hit with a cult following is needlessly remade by a Hollywood studio, only to fall on its face and never be seen again.
Don’t tell producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna that, though. The duo have snatched up remake rights to director Kim Jee-Woon’s serial killer flick “I Saw the Devil”, setting the project up at their 1984 Private Defense Contractors shingle.
The 2010 original starred Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow from the “G.I. Joe” movies) as a man who plots and then captures the serial killer (played by Choi Min-sik, who starred in the original “Oldboy”, natch) who murdered his wife. He then begins torturing the crap out of him. It’s a vicious and violent movie, where there are no real heroes, and it has since become a massive international hit with a strong cult following.
Basically, like “Oldboy”.
The film’s original director Kim Jee-Woon has since made his English-language debut with the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “The Last Stand”, but before that he was one of South Korea’s more accomplished directors. Don’t blame Kim for “selling out”, though. Like most of these remake deals, it’s almost entirely between producers of the movie, and never the talent’s decision.
Check out a Red Band trailer for the original “I Saw the Devil”:
Via : The Wrap