A remake of director Chan-wook Park's 2005 thriller Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is moving forward at Silver Reel, Lotus Entertainment, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura's Di Bonaventura Pictures, and CJ Entertainment.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance remake coming from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
We reported back in 2010 that Warner Bros. had acquired a screenplay for the remake, written by Brian Tucker (Broken City). The writer is still on board the project, but it is not known if Warner Bros. is still involved or not.
The original Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance followed a deaf-mute who gets robbed when trying to come up with money for his sister's operation. This new English-language version centers on two grief-stricken men, both of whom have suffered recent losses in their life, who are hell-bent on getting revenge.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, with Claudia Bluemhuber, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Jacob Pechenik and Gero Bauknecht executive producing. No production schedule was given.
Oldboy, another movie in Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy, has been remade by director Spike Lee. Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley star in FilmDistrict's thriller, hitting theaters October 11.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance was released August 19th, 2005 and stars Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim, Bo-bae Han, Se-dong Kim, Dae-yeon Lee, Ju-bong Gi. The film is directed by Chan-wook Park.