Hollywood's well of original content continues to evaporate with The Wrap reporting that 's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is getting an English language remake. Paradise Now and Omar helmer has been tapped to direct with Broken City writer Brian Tucker providing the script.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance was the first movie in Park's Vengeance trilogy, followed by Oldboy, which has been remade by , and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, which is being remade by . Starting to see a pattern here?
The movie follows Ryu, a deaf-mute man who tries to earn enough money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. Needless to say that bloody vengeance ensues.
Hopefully Park is getting well remunerated for having Hollywood leave it's grubby fingerprints all over his work. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker, who's movies are brutal, thought provoking and beautiful. I don't understand the need for studios to remake his, or other foreign language movies. Is there really a lack of original ideas in Hollywood, or do studios think that Western audiences are too uneducated to enjoy a movie with subtitles? Whatever the reasons, it's a truly lamentable and embarrassing state of affairs.
What are your thoughts on English-language remakes?