With Spike Lee well into making Park Chan-wook’s cult classic Oldboy for Hollywood it’s no surprise that one of the other films from brilliant Vengeance Trilogy is now getting the Hollywood treatment. Annapurna Pictures have announced today that Sympathy For Lady Vengeance the last film in the trilogy is to be remade with Charlize Theron in lead role with a script coming from Oscar winning William Monahan (The Departed).
If your not familiar with the story Sympathy For Lady Vengeance tells the story of a young woman who is imprisoned for 13 years for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy. For Reasons unknown she did not commit the murder but after her release she seeks revenge on the man who really killed the young boy with the help from her fellow inmates most already released by this point. Monahan stated “This will be very American – and very unexpected,” says Monahan. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.” The release says he’s adapting the film so there’s a chance he may also be the film’s director too.
A few years ago I may have struggled to see Theron go for parts like Lady Vengeance which is a dark, gritty and at times violent film but after parts like Monster playing the lead role in this film should come to her with great ease. William Monahan is no stranger to Asian remakes his script for The Departed was based on the excellent Hong Kong thriller Internal Affairs and if he can deliver something on the caliber of The Departed we have a mighty fine remake to look forward too. There was talk that Warner Bros may also make the second film of the trilogy Sympathy For Mr Vengeance but things have went quiet probably to see how well received Oldboy and Lady Vengeance will be like but like all good things hopfully it will be made, also common sense when the other two films are been made!
Annapurna Pictures, Denver & Delilah Films and CJ Entertainment Partner for SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE Adaptation by William Monahan
Oscar® Winners Charlize Theron to Star and William Monahan to Adapt Final Chapter of Park Chan-wook’s Acclaimed Revenge Trilogy
Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2012) – Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have partnered to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Park Chan-wook’s SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE.
Theron will star as well as produce with Denver & Delilah partner Beth Kono, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Chelsea Barnard, CJ Entertainment’s Ted Kim, and William Monahan. Justine Suzanne Jones of Henceforth Pictures, AJ Dix of Denver & Delilah, Ted Schipper of Annapurna Pictures and Miky Lee of CJ Entertainment will executive produce. Ellison and Annapurna Pictures will finance the film. Panorama Media will serve as the international sales agent.
LADY VENGEANCE is the story of a woman who for reasons of her own completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, reemerging to punish the killer, and avenge the dead.
“This will be very American – and very unexpected,” says Monahan. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”
A dramatist, director and novelist, William Monahan recently completed the screenplay for THE GAMBLER for Martin Scorsese at Paramount, and Robert Rodriguez’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. He will next direct MOJAVE, an original thriller. He won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for THE DEPARTED, directed by Martin Scorsese, which earned four Oscars®, including Best Picture. His production company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of feature and television projects in development, including a screen adaptation of his first novel, Light House: A Trifle, and “The Throwaways”, a New Yorker piece by journalist Sarah Stillman.