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Charlize Theron Will Star In & Produce 'Lady Vengeance' Remake from Chan-wook's South Korean Revenge Trilogy

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2012 at 3:33PM

Charlize Theron is set to star in and produce "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" through her Denver & Delilah Films banner.
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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is set to star in and produce "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" through her Denver & Delilah Films banner. CJ Entertainment and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures are also producing. Screenwriter William Monahan ("The Departed," "The Gambler") will adapt the script from Park Chan-wook's final installment of his revenge trilogy.

The story centers on a woman who completes a prison term for a murder she is not guilty of before punishing the true killer and avenging the those slain. Monahan states, “This will be very American – and very unexpected." He adds that "Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I've got blood in my teeth to do it.”

Chan-wook's South Korean trilogy began with "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" in 2002, followed by "Oldboy" in 2003 (which has also been remade by Spike Lee for a 2013 release) and "Lady Vengeance" (2005).

Ellison and Annapurna will finance, with Panorama Media handling international sales.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.