Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Getting Remade, Charlize Theron to Star
Park Chan-wook is a great director. What I’ve seen of his Vengeance Trilogy has been really good, and people seem to like him. In fact, people like him so much that they think they can do the same thing he did but in English and have it be just as good. Just look at Spike Lee, who is currently working on a remake of Oldboy. And now we have someone else stepping up to take a swing at another Chan-wook film.
It was recently announced that William Monahan, the Oscar winning screenwriter of The Departed, will be adapting Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, the third film in the Vengeance Trilogy, for an English remake. This could mean that on top of writing the film he could be directing it, as well. I am not that familiar with Monahan’s work or the original movie, so I have no real opinion on this, other than, “The Korean film is already out in America. Why do we need another one?”
But we don’t just have a writer and maybe director for this remake. Charlize Theron is going to be starring as Lady Vengeance herself, and will also be producing the movie. Again, not that familiar with the source material so I don’t know if she will be a good fit, but I like her. As with most remakes I’m horrible pessimistic but I’m probably going to see this movie.
The original film starred Korean actress Lee Young Ae as Lee Geum-ja, a woman who was convicted for murdering a young boy. She was innocent of the crime but was forced to confess to it and, because of the media sensation the case had caused, she was given a longer sentence. After supposedly reforming in prison, she is let out and goes on a quest for revenge against the real murderers.