Theron finally in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
In March of 2008 I wrote about the talented Charlize Theron set to produce and star in a remake of Chan-wook Park's Chinjeolhan Geumjassi, better known as Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Now, after four years and some months it looks like it might be happening.
Not only has she been confirmed as starring in the film but it appears to having backing, additional producers, its new lead and more importantly a damn good writer.
Charlize Theron has been attached to star in the remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan Geumjassi) (Filmstalker review) since the I wrote aboutstory back in 2008 and produce soon after, but now it looks like the remake is going somewhere.
"This will be very American and very unexpected...Park is a genius; it¹s the Everest of adaptations and I've got blood in my teeth to do it."
You've got to love his attitude and his respect of the original film, just remember what he did with Infernal Affairs (review) as The Departed (Filmstalker review), perhaps one of the best remakes of a foreign film.
So with Monahan set to rewrite the superb Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I wonder if we're in for something as special as The Departed, especially if Charlize Theron delivers a powerful lead.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the story of a woman who is imprisoned for thirteen years for the kidnapping and murder of a young child. Hounded by the media and the public, everyone believes her to be guilty. Once she's served her time she returns to the world at large with a plan, a plan to exact her revenge.
It's a strong plot and in the hands of Monahan who sounds as though he's going to modernise it and Americanise it as he did The Departed, this new version could really grab audiences by the throat, after all he's got a lot to manipulate their emotions and sympathies with from the beginning.
Frankly I'm really excited about the script and Theron leading, this could be another excellent remake.