Celebrated Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy”) has set the comedy horror film “The Ax” as his next project. The film is a remake of Greek-French director Costa Gavras’ 2005 film of the same name based on a novel by Donald Westlake.
The story follows a chemist who is made redundant due to outsourcing. Two years later and still unemployed, he devises a solution – to genuinely eliminate his competition. The project would follow on from Park’s 2016 erotic thriller “The Handmaiden” and the espionage-themed John le Carre mini-series adaptation “The Little Drummer Girl” last year.
Speaking in Busan on Sunday, Park said: “I’ve not yet started filming, but I wish to make this film as my masterpiece. I want to remake this French-language film into an English-language one, and Gavras and his wife have the filming rights, and they are producers of my project. I’ve been working with Gavras family for years.”