Warner Bros has picked up English-language remake rights to CJ Entertainment’s South Korean hit Sympathy For Mr Vengeance.
Brian Tucker has been set to write the screenplay about two men who set out to avenge the deaths of their beloved women, only to discover that each killed the other’s lover and in the end only one can have his vengeance.
Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing alongside CJ Entertainment’s Miky Lee and Ted Kim, and Steven Schneider of Room 101. Mabrouk El Mechri is serving as executive producer.
Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Ed Fee and Jiwon Park of CJ Entertainment will shepherd the project with Schneider.
WME packaged the deal for CJ Entertainment and also represents Park, Tucker and El Mechri.
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance was the first in Park Chan-wook’s now legendary Vengeance Trilogy films. CJ is also working on Korean Wedding, an original romantic comedy set up at Lionsgate.
Mandate Pictures holds remake rights for Park’s Oldboy, the second film in the trilogy.