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Allen Hughes To Direct Remake Of Kim Jee-woon's 'A Bittersweet Life'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 21, 2012 8:21 AM
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While his brother Albert is having a hard time getting a movie mounted, with "Motor City" recently being scuttled, Allen Hughes is on a bit of a tear. He's in post-production of "Broken City," the thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and now he's lining up a remake that will be sure to raise some eyebrows, particularly among fans of Korean cinema.

Hughes will direct a remake of Kim Jee-woon's "A Bittersweet Life." The 2005 crime flick -- one of the stepping stones that put the director on the international map -- tells the story of a hitman tasked to kill the mistress of a boss, along with her lover. Instead, he beats them and makes them promise never to see each other, falls in love with the mistress...and as you might guess, things spiral out from there. And of course, this is all under the stewardship of Kim's distinct eye.

Of course, we're not exactly thrilled by this, but apparently Fox and New Regency have a script they really like with everything being put on the fast track, while Anthony Peckham ("Invictus," "Sherlock Holmes") is banging out a new draft. And, this isn't Allen's first kick at the Asian cinema remake can, as he was attached to helm the forever-developing live-action "Akira" over at Warner Bros. with his brother.

We guess if this has to happen, Hughes is a decent enough choice, and lord knows they could do worse. Let's just hope it does some justice to the original. [Deadline]

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5 Comments

  • Bruce Ly | September 21, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    I don't wanna hear news of more upcoming U.S. remakes of asian films like Spike Lee's "Oldboy"
    or Allen Hughes "A Bittersweet Life" ... otherwise I'll go to the nearest U.S. embassy,
    dressed in camouflage with a green hezbollah headband and put my forefinger down my throat !!!

  • Huffy | September 22, 2012 4:19 AM

    Why? Seriously, why get riled up over a remake? It's not going to lessen the original no matter how bad it is and there's always a chance that it'll give a new, interesting perspective on the story. And even if it does suck the original will always benefit from the extra press, which is particularly important in this case since the original never received a proper North American release. And for fucks sake Oldboy has already has an Indian remake. If you want to piss and moan about something target that. The only time nerds throw a shit fit over something is when it's a Hollywood remake. At least that has a good director at the helm who will probably do something interesting with it; the same can't be said about the Bollywood version. Oldboy wasn't a perfect movie by any means so it's not like they're messing with perfection.

  • Real | September 21, 2012 1:14 PMReply

    Oh dear. Who thought this was a good idea?

  • adgy | September 21, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    Silver lining: Maybe with this coming out, the original will actually get some sort of North American release?

  • God | September 21, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    I've done a lot of horrible things since I created the earth.... but this is by far my most viscous act on mankind.

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