Charlize Theron Takes the Lead in ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’

William Monahan is writing the screenplay for Annapurna Pictures, based on director Chan-wook Park’s original thriller.

Charlize Theron will star in and produce an adaptation of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Charlize Theron will star in and produce an adaptation of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures have partnered to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Chan-wook Park'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, A.J. 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. Here's what writer-producer William Monahan had to say about his take on the story.

"This will be very American - and very unexpected. 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.

Lady Vengeance was released April 28th, 2006 and stars Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Tony Barry, Anne Cordiner, Su-hee Go, Hye-jeong Kang, Bu-seon Kim, Byeong-ok Kim. The film is directed by Chan-wook Park.

Sources: Annapurna Pictures

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Comments (5)

  1. The_Crow2k

    What the hell? Hollywood is completely out of ideas.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    I sadly have not seen the original film... With that said, I do not know if Theron will be a good pick for the role. Judging by the plot, however, I think it will be a good choice. She's a very good actress, and easy on the eyes.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    With so many Brits and Aussies playing american characters theses days, "This will be very American" means little to nothing

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. John M

    "This will be very American" Talk about a meaningless statement, and I agree @dan1 the plot sounds very similar to the Ashley Judd film.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  5. Dan

    Double Jeopardy 2?

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

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