First ‘Oldboy,’ Now ‘Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’ Getting Remade


Hany Abu-Assad will direct the English-language remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the Park Chan-Wook film that kicked off the South Korean filmmaker’s “Vengeance Trilogy,” an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap.

Silver Reel, Lotus Entertainment, di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment are refashioning the film in English based on a script by “Broken City” writer Brian Tucker.

The original film follows a deaf-mute man whose attempt to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant spawns a series of violent encounters.

Abu-Assad just won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Omar and is best known for his 2006 film Paradise Now.

After Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Chan-Wook made Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. Spike Lee has already remade Oldboy, which will open in theaters this October.

  • KeepDoubting

    You gotta be fucking kidding me…

  • Golic

    this can only be an improvement, as the original was pretty awful from what I remember.

    • Incinerated

      I don’t remember liking it, either. Oldboy is solid, and, while not as “good” in an ambitious and unique cinematic way, Lady Vengeance had its own feel that made it my favorite. Lady Vengeance is the one I would have reservations about, if they remade it.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    Why more remakes? How about taking the story and making your own movie with it. We are movie lovers on this site, but the general public hasnt seen or even heard of it. So it may lead some of them to watching Korean movies. My same thought with Oldboy remake, i think its bad, but alot of people have never seen the original so again, this could open up world cinema if people love the remakes.

    Come on Korea, start remaking Western movies,I bet they do a better job of it as well.