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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Charlize Theron to star in LADY VENGEANCE Remake; HIGHLANDER Remake Headless



Charlize Theron is set to star in and produce the US remake of Park Chan-wook's 2005 film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance", the final chapter in the director's "Vengeance Trilogy" alongside "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy" (which is also being remade by Spike Lee.) The script for the remake is being handled by William Monahan ("The Departed"). Here is the official press release:
"Annapurna Pictures, Denver & Delilah Films and CJ Entertainment Partner for SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE Adaptation by William Monahan

Oscar® Winners Charlize Theron to Star and William Monahan to Adapt Final Chapter of Park Chan-wook’s Acclaimed Revenge Trilogy

Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2012) – Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films, CJ Entertainment, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have partnered to produce an adaptation by William Monahan of Park Chan-wook’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, AJ 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.

“This will be very American – and very unexpected,” says Monahan. “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."




Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") has dropped out of the "Highlander" remake because of "creative differences", which is the polite way of saying that he wasn't given enough freedom on the project. The remake, produced by Summit Entertainment, stars Ryan Reynolds and sticks closely to the story of the 1986 original. Currently, no replacement directors have been shortlisted by the studio.





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