Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”) has come onboard as director on the English-language remake of Chan-Wook Park’s 2002 violent revenge classic “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” at Silver Reel, Lotus Entertainment, di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment.
The original followed a deaf-mute man whose attempt to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant spawns a series of violent encounters. Brian Tucker (“Broken City”) penned the script for the remake, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.
The original film was the first of Park’s vengeance trilogy, three standalone films that were linked thematically rather than narratively. The second was “Oldboy,” which Spike Lee has since remade for release in November. A remake of the third one, “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” is in development at Annapurna Pictures.
The project will likely come after Abu Assad’s next project, the Palestine-set drama “Lamya” which he describes as a road movie about a girl seeking the mother who ran out on her.
Source: The Wrap