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With Stoker getting ready to set sail for acclaimed director Park Chan-Wook, all eyes are on him to see what he'll be up to next. Turns out he has quite The Axe to grind! Read on for details.
Chan-wook tells the Korea Joon Gang Daily, "I was planning to make another film, 'The Axe,' before I started shooting 'Stoker.' But while I was still seeking investors for that film, I received the screenplay for 'Stoker.' So 'The Axe' will be my next work, though I need to do some more work on the casting and attracting investors. I’m also thinking about making a historical film, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do that."
- Uncle Creepy
Back in the days before he landed on Stoker, Oldboy director Park Chan-wook was planning to make his English-language debut with a different movie. Those plans clearly didn't go away, however, with the news that The Axe has come back around to occupy Chan-wook's time once he's finished with Wentworth Miller's chiller.Based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake (see also Jason Statham's upcoming Parker), The Axe is a thriller about one Burke Devore. Burke finds himself struggling to find gainful employment after corporate downsizing ejects him from his middle-class comfort zone as a paper company's product manager. The answer, you'd think, would be to set yourself ahead of the competition via a ruthlessly targeted CV blitz... but Burke opts to eliminate his rivals in the job market through serial killing instead. Gotta have a system."I was planning to make it," says Chan-wook, "but while I was looking for investors, »
Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is currently in the process of directing his first American feature film called Stoker. The film was scripted by Prison Break's Wentworth Miller, and has a great cast of actors that includes Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Lucas Till, Jacki Weaver, Alden Ehrenreich and Phyllis Somerville.
Now it looks like the director has his next project lined up. In a recent interview the director revealed that the next film he takes on will be a remake of Costa-Gavras‘ 2005 film Le Couperet, also known as The Ax. This was actually the movie he was going to make before Stoker came along. The original movie followed “a chemist, who loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.” Here's what Chan-wook had to say when he was asked what his next project would be, »
Having had to push back the project, filmmaker Park Chan-Wook has confirmed to Korea Joongang Daily (via The Film Stage and The Playlist) that "The Ax" will be his next project once he wraps his Hollywood debut effort "Stoker".
A remake of Costa-Gavras’ 2005 film “Le Couperet", the story follows a chemist who loses his job and decides to eliminate his competition - by any means necessary. Park is starting to work on casting and securing investors.
- Garth Franklin
We still know relatively little about Park Chan-Wook’s Hollywood debut “Stoker,” considering that we’re expecting to see it in theatres before the year’s out. Starring Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, and written by Wentworth Miller (yes, of “Prison Break” fame), the film is one that is being batted around as a contender for Cannes and is one of the most anticipated films of the year, in any event. Park recently chatted with Korea Joongang Daily (via The Film Stage) about the plot:
“The story revolves around a father, mother and adolescent daughter who live in an isolated house in a suburb. But all is not well in the family and there is friction between the mother and daughter. One day, the father dies suddenly in a car accident, and the story starts when an estranged uncle shows up at the father’s funeral, »
- Joe Cunningham
Besides a few set photos, things have been remarkably quiet when it comes to the Hollywood debut of Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst). Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Lucas Till, Jacki Weaver, Alden Ehrenreich and Phyllis Somerville, will likely be released by Fox Searchlight this year after a possible Cannes bow. Now we’ve finally got some more details coming, along with news of the next projects from the filmmakers.
The drama is scripted by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and has tones of Alfred Hitchock‘s classic Shadow of a Doubt, as Wasikowska’s father perishes in a car accident (his funeral being the opening shot of the film) and her estranged uncle Charlie (Goode) makes a visit to stay with the family, including her mother (Kidman). As Wasikowska’s character gets more attached to this mysterious man, things start to unravel as people go missing. »
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