While Hollywood remakes of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy and Joint Security Area have stalled in development (despite the former having attracted such names as Russell Crowe and Nicholas Cage) Charlize Theron dropped a bombshell for fans in a little-noticed interview with the The Boston Globe last week: she’s set to star and produce a remake of Park’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance!
(Theron will) also produce and star in a remake of “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” the final installment of a mondo-violent trilogy by Korean director Park Chan-wook.
I’m completely down with the idea of Theron as Geum-ja Lee, although more than a little skeptical about the project in general until more details (director/screenwriter, etc) are known.
Updated: MTV News caught up with Theron yesterday and got some additional tidbits:
He made an almost perfect film [but] he came to me and said he really wanted us to do this. He wanted to see that story told in an American society,” Theron said of Park Chan-wook, whose “Lady Vengeance” completed a revenge trilogy that included “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and “Old Boy.” “If he wasn’t so encouraging I don’t think I could go through with it. We’re intimidated almost beyond belief.”
The original Korean flick follows Lee Geum-ja, an angel-faced young girl sent to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When released, Geum begins a crusade of revenge, calling in favors, getting training, brutally kicking the crap out of anyone who stands in her way.
Theron will play the central role of Geum-ja, made famous in the original by Yeong-ae Lee. But that’s about the only sure thing for now, the Oscar winner clarified, insisting that they were “still in the very, very early stages of development right now.”
“But I’m very excited about it,” she said. “I’m a huge fan of the director. I love that whole trilogy but REALLY love that last one.”
According to Ms. Theron, they’re still looking for a director.