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Get your already ruffled panties into a bunch, fanboys, because Warner Bros. has just announced that they have acquired the remake rights to Chan-Wook Park’s “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and they’re already moving on ahead with it. The film, one of three in Park’s famous “Vengeance” trilogy (including “Oldboy”, itself the subject of remake rumors for years now, and more recently, “Lady Vengeance”), is currently being written by Brian Tucker, whose only credit according to IMDB.com is something called “Broken City”.
At the core of the original is a somewhat “not all there” deaf-mute whose sister needs a new kidney, forcing the lad into a kidnapping scheme involving his old boss’s daughter. Alas, as these things invariably do, the kidnapping goes terribly awry, and the father of the kidnapped girl seeks vengeance. It is not, as you can imagine, a very happy go lucky little flick, but lots of Asian film enthusiasts seem to really like it, which means you can count on a lot of righteous fury from the community once this news goes live.
My guess is the title will also be changed. “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” may translate well in Korean, but not so much for a Hollywood picture.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce via their Bonaventura Pictures, while original producers CJ Entertainment has assigned Miky Lee and Ted Kim to do the honors for the Korean side. Also, Room 101’s Steven Schneider (“Paranormal Activity”) also has a producer’s credit.