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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.




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