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Sure. The news about this came out yesterday, via The Wrap but if there is one readership that would have informed, if not passionate, opinions about this, it would have to be the Twitch readers. Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the director and writer of such hits as A Horrible Way To Die, You're Next and The Guest -- which is coming to cinemas in the U.S. tomorrow (Wednesday) -- have begun working on an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon's violent Korean-language thriller I Saw The Devil. The report states that Barrett is working on his script and Wingard is speaking to talent. Producer Adi Shanker went online a few days back to voice his passionate support for Wingard and Barrett. You will find that video below. There...
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Last year’s release of Spike Lee’s Oldboy did little to inspire confidence in American remakes of Asian films, as the Josh Brolin-led mystery thriller flopped hard at the box office and was met with a tepid response from critics. The horror genre in particular frequently finds filmmakers raiding the World Cinema shelves in search of their next plot, and the few examples of great remakes don’t quite make up for the flood of bad ones.
Nonetheless it’s important try and resist a kneejerk negative response as details regarding another Us remake of a Korean film come to light. I Saw the Devil, Kim Jee-woon’s twisted and violent story of revenge, has a remake in development by screenwriter Simon ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Here’s some news that has a lot of folks buzzing.
Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett and reportedly circling a reamke of the fan favorite Korean flick ‘I Saw The Devil’. Wingard and Barrett hit the big time last year with their surprise hit ‘You’re Next’ and are looking to make some noise this fall with the upcoming release of ‘The Guest’.
Reports indicate that the pair are “nearing a deal” in helming the U.S. retelling … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
Following yesterday’s story with their plans for You’re Next 2, The Guest writing and directing duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have reportedly been hired for the English-language remake of Kim Jee-Woon’s 2010 South Korean serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil.
The Wrap has learned that, while not officially announced, Barrett has started work on the script and Wingard has been meeting with actors.
Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:
Jang Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for human meat. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiancé Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, »
- Luke Owen
I Saw the Devil is a haunting 2010 Korean movie from director Ji-woon Kim (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) about a secret service agent who implants a tracking device inside the body of the man who killed is wife, not so he can track the serial killer, but so that he can torment him and make his life a living hell. It's a brilliant and brutal movie about the slippery slopes of revenge and insanity and how the two are so often intertwined. It's also the kind of movie that's so intense, no matter how much you warn someone about its violence, they are guaranteed to walk away thinking, "Damn, that was a messed-up movie." So of course it's being remade. Here's the thing, though: The Wrap revealed the team behind the remake, and the names are packed with...
- Peter Hall
After launching a psychopathic version of Dan Stevens with his latest blend of horror and thriller The Guest, Adam Wingard has set his sights on something he hasn't previously tackled: a remake. He and regular collaborator Simon Barrett are closing on a deal to craft a new version of Kim Jee-Woon’s 2010 Korean thriller I Saw The Devil.It’s an unusual move because the pair have previously generated their own material. But while we’re not sure the story was crying out to be remade, the thought of the twisted minds behind You’re Next bringing something fresh to it does have a certain appeal. And we’re fairly certain they wouldn’t have decided to take on the film without some new ideas.The original is a revenge tale in which an elite special agent’s pregnant fiancée is murdered by a madman. In return, he lures the killer into a violent, »
Here’s the thing. It’s fashionable to bash remakes from their very first announcement as unnecessary and doomed to failure, but there have been more than enough good (and even great) ones to know that’s just dumb. No remake, whether good or bad, has the power to alter the original which will always be available to watch and enjoy. Of course, knowing that doesn’t change the knee-jerk reaction you feel when a particularly fantastic foreign film is snatched up and scheduled for American consumption. Kim Jee-woon‘s deliciously brutal I Saw the Devil has been on the path towards an English-language remake since its release in 2010, but details as to who would actually be involved have been up in the air until now. The Wrap just revealed — and producer Keith Calder confirmed via Twitter — that the team behind You’re Next and the recent The Guest will be writing and directing the film. Adam Wingard »
- Rob Hunter
The prospect of a remake of I Saw the Devil with Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) at the helm is far more compelling than the idea of Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan taking on a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer. Not because Flanagan is a bad filmmaker or anything like that, but merely because who cares about a new I Know What You Did... moviec Scream 4 was a bust in 2011 and I Know What You Did... was riding on the original Scream's coattails, so who thinks a new one is a smart business decisionc Now, the idea of Wingard taking on Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil with The Guest screenwriter Simon Barrett is a different story. The Guest begins hitting theaters this week and even with You're Next, Wingard has shown a knack for mixing small doses of dark humor within his terrifying tales, »
- Brad Brevet
We first reported on this project back in December, when 1984 Private Defense Contractors' Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna acquired the rights to the original thriller by Jee-woon Kim. I Saw the Devil follows a dangerous serial killer (Min-sik Choi) whose latest victim is the pregnant fiancee of a highly-trained special agent named Soo-hyun (Byung-hun Lee). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun does whatever it takes to track down this killer, turning into a madman in the process.
The deals for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have been in the works for quite some time, with Simon Barrett already starting work on the screenplay, and director Adam Wingard already meeting with actors. No production schedule has been given.
Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) announced that director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the team behind indie home invasion festival hit You're Next (review), have signed on to his long gestating remake of the epic Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil.
For those of you paying attention, I Saw The Devil was one of the most highly acclaimed films of 2011 topping many best lists. It was easily one of my favourite films of that year and may be the finest revenge film ever in how it twists the tired genre into something bold, epic and totally original.
Here's Adi's announcement:
Here's the trailer for the original film:
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Last year it was revealed that Kim Jee Woon's brutally insane revenge movie I Saw The Devil was going to get remade. Like Oldboy, this is a movie I didn't want to see get remade, especially after seeing how awful the remake of Oldboy turned out.
The Wrap is reporting that the production is moving forward though, and writers Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are close to making a deal to write and direct the English-language remake. They are best known for working on films such as V/H/S, You're Next, and The Guest.
The original film followed an elite special agent played by G.I. Joe's Lee Byung-hun, whose pregnant fiancé is murdered by a crazy madman played by Oldboy's Choi Min-sik. This sets the special agent off, and he begins a violently twisted mission of revenge, and in the process the lines of good and evil become very blurred. »
- Joey Paur
"The Guest" and "You're Next" director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett are reportedly nearing a deal to work in the same capacities on an English-language remake of the 2010 South Korean serial killer thriller "I Saw the Devil" for Snoot Entertainment.
The character-driven revenge story follows an elite special agent (Lee Byung-hun) whose pregnant fiance is murdered by an evil madman (Choi Min-sik). This prompts him to lure the killer out and into an increasingly violent and twisted game of cat-and-mouse.
Unlike most films of the genre, there's no whodunit aspect and the good guy is rarely in danger. Instead, he's the one that's continually taunting and effectively torturing an increasingly desperate killer.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Last December, we heard that producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna had picked up English-language rights to Kim Ji-woon’s cult thriller I Saw The Devil, with intentions to mount an American redo, and now that project is coming together with director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the wildly talented duo behind You’re Next and The Guest.
The pair, whose past efforts have earned them a significant fan following, will both write and direct the remake, and reports indicate that they’ve been quietly working on the project for some time. Wingard has starting meeting with actors, while Barrett is apparently deep into scripting.
@corinhardy Yeah. Same team from You’Re Next and The Guest.
— Keith Calder (@keithcalder) September 15, 2014
It’s expected that the original film’s basic premise will remain intact. In the twisted thriller, »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you haven’t seen Kim Jee-Woon’s stellar 2010 South Korean revenge flick I Saw the Devil, you should immediately stop what you’re doing and land yourself a copy like right now. We’ll wait here for you to come back… Got… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Last year, not long after Spike Lee's "Oldboy" redo was released to a critical skewering, while being roundly ignored by audiences, it was announced that Kim Jee-woon's brutal, bleak "I Saw The Devil" was the next South Korean film to head through Hollywood's remake grinder. We weren't exactly pleased by the news, but now we have a little more faith that his might have a chance of making the difficult international crossover, thanks to the man being chosen guide it. The Wrap reports that "The Guest" duo—writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard—will reteam to take on the bloody chiller. The original film follows a special agent who seeks revenge after his pregnant fiancé is murdered by a vicious, monstrous serial killer (played by "Oldboy" star Choi Min-Sik). When the legal system can't contain the killer, the agent seeks out vigilante justice, and the pair begin »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last December, it was revealed that an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil, and now TheWrap brings word that You're Next and The Guest team of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard will bring the project to life. Barrett will write the script with Wingard at the helm while Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Calder (who worked with the pair on both You're Next and The Guest) will produce with Adi Shankar (Dredd) and Spencer Silna. »
Last December, it was revealed that an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil, and now TheWrap brings word that You’re Next and The Guest team of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard will bring the project to life. Barrett will write the script with Wingard at the helm while Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder…
- Spencer Perry
With the release of their thriller The Guest just a couple days away, The Wrap reports filmmaking team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are nearing a deal to write and direct the developing remake of Kim Jee-Woon's South Korean film I Saw the Devil from 2010. In fact, it seems to be a done deal because Barrett has already started writing the script and Wingard is already preparing to round up a cast. As we reported late last year, Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar is producing the remake, and he's joined by Keith & Jessica Calder from Snoot Entertainment, the company behind The Guest and You're Next. Just in case you need anymore confirmation, here's Calder addressing the story on Twitter: @GermainLussier Just saw it. We didn’t know about the story breaking, but it’s all true. We’re all obsessed with the original film. — Keith Calder (@keithcalder »
- Ethan Anderton
I've long been fond of director Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's collaborations (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/, and You're Next among them) and I think you guys will have a total fucking blast with The Guest. So I'm definitely excited (and a little surprised) to learn that they will be tackling a remake of Kim Jee-Woon's modern masterpiece I Saw the Devil. Though the original South Korean film was just released in 2010, I'm confident that Wingard and Barrett have what it takes to make an English language version of the story feel fresh and relevant. In additional good news Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, who shepherded the duo's last two features, will return to produce the film alongside Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna. If you're at all a fan of serial killer films, you'll want to check this out. Hit the jump for »
- Evan Dickson
The I Saw the Devil remake is on. Almost a year after we heard two producers boarded the project, a new report says they’ve found their creative team. The team behind You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, are on board to write and direct the American remake of the […]
- Germain Lussier
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