These are the guys brave enough to remake a Korean masterpiece.
A remake to Kim Ji-woon’s brilliant thriller I Saw the Devil has been in the works for quite a while as we’ve known about its unfortunate existence for about a year now. Since then, however, the Americanized remake has been tight-lipped with next to nothing to offer as far as details go. Well, readers, that has all changed today with word coming out of Deadline that the I Saw the Devil remake has found a couple of guys who are willing to remake one of the great modern day thrillers of our time. And so it begins.
Adam Wingard and Simon Barret, the talented duo behind You’re Next and this year’s much buzzed about The Guest, have been tapped to bring the English-language remake to life. Barrett will take on writing duties while Wingard is in place to direct. What a task these guys have a head of themselves. Remaking a movie that is as close to perfect as one can get is going to be nothing but an uphill battle for them, which is something I’m sure they are well aware of. I have yet to see The Guest—Wingard’s latest outing—but the duo has proven with You’re Next that they can weave a thrilling tale of cat and mouse, which is a huge element found in I Saw the Devil. But unfortunately for these guys, the film is going to rest entirely on the shoulders of who they cast.
Anyone who has seen Kim Ji-woon’s film knows that the two leads are without a doubt going to make or break the remake. Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun—the stars of the original—turned in performances of a lifetime, taking I Saw the Devil into unforgettably dark territory that I can’t imagine will be captured with a remake. Time will tell on this one, folks. The big question everyone is asking right now is: Who are they going to cast? Whoever it is, they’ve got a hell of a job to do.
The embodiment of pure evil, Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Juyeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind, as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.
If you haven’t seen I Saw the Devil yet, I suggest you fix that. It’s one of the greats.