Well, things have worked out much better for one Hughes sibling. As Albert tries to collect whatever may be left of Motor City, Allen has wrapped shooting on one film and, according to Deadline, already channeling efforts toward another. In this instance, “sibling rivalry” could make ones scenario not sound like a total mess.
Anyway, news has come that Allen Hughes will team with Fox and New Regency for their remake of Kim Ji-woon‘s A Bittersweet Life, this new iteration being based on a screenplay by Anthony Peckham (Jack Ryan, Sherlock Holmes). Deviations from that original picture aren’t evident — save for a semi-mandatory switch in location — but, for good measure, the South Korean outing revolved around a crime boss enforcer “charged with escorting the boss’s young mistress, who might be having an affair.”
It’s his job to kill the woman and her lover if, in fact, she’s cheating, but he disposes of the man and finds himself in love with the woman — a hairy situation made worse by the presence of his violent boss. Upon finding the courage to face his own employer, the hero finds himself embroiled in “an exercise in vengeance.”
If you ask me, it’s the kind of template that isn’t entirely specific to one culture, place, or time; Hughes‘ transplantation task shouldn’t be much of a challenge, then. Making a compelling film that can stand apart from the original is a different story, though his skills should, by now, be accepted just enough so as not to breed total doubt.
Is Hughes well-advised to remake A Bittersweet Life? Have you seen the original?
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