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Chan-Wook Park's First English-Language Film!!!

Nordling here.


Pretty big news for us OLDBOY and THIRST fans, looks like Chan-Wook Park's bringing his skills across the ocean to make his first English film with Fox Searchlight.
The film's called STOKER, and it's a Scott Free production (that's Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's production company) to be released by Fox Searchlight.  There's an amazing visual proficiency to Park's work that should go well with the Scotts' sensibilities. 
The screenplay is written by Wentworth Miller, one of the stars of PRISON BREAK, unusually enough.  Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) is in negotiations to play the lead role, a young girl whose father suddenly dies, and her mysterious and estranged uncle returns to the family after a long absence.  Suddenly strange things begin occurring.  Apparently Miller's also written a prequel of sorts called UNCLE CHARLIE but it's not known if that script's shooting or not.
I'm curious to know whether this is a horror film, thriller, or what.  The plot sounds vague but I'm sure Park will be able to dig his teeth into this.  I hope Park continues to make English speaking films as well as his South Korean ones - he has a unique voice and point of view and I hope he tells stories from all sorts of areas of the world.
A pretty mysterious project for Park's English language film debut, no?  I'm actually liking that I don't know too much about it.  I'm glad Scott Free's making this and bringing Park's considerable filmmaking talents to the West.  Shooting starts this spring.
Source: Deadline
Nordling, out.
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  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    by SolidStateSociety


  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt"

    by pollaxt

    Park Chan-Wook is one of the best directors alive.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    pollaxt it sounds exactly like Shadow of a Doubt

    by sunwukong86

    not to mention the character's name was Uncle Charlie.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Who was doing the Blood Simple remake?

    by UGG

    I thought it was him?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Wentworth Miller? Interesting....

    by MRJONZ72

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    My favorite is Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    by mistergreen

    Way better than the rest.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Very Talented Director

    by raidahguy

    hopefully hes as successful out in the Wild Wild West

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Sympaty for Lady Vengeance

    by jazzgalaxy

    That movie has one of the greatest soundtracks ever. I listen to it all the time. I think you can still download it for free online. I think my favorite story of his, is JSA, but Lady Vengeance is freaking gorgeous.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Is it now Park Chan-Wook or Chan-Wook Park?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Appareantly the order of Korean names seems to change, depending on if you are in Europe or in the US.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    man this website is fucked

    by Uridium

    cant expand comments.... the expand all does not work and if I click an individual one it just jumps me back to the top of the page. BLAAAAAAM THIS PIECE OF CRAP>

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Surname first in Asian Countries, Park Chan-wook

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Blacklist screenplay

    by thinboyslim.

    Knew I'd seen it somewhere before

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by HelmetBoy

    This is now my most anticipated film. Park Chan Wook is a god. Oldboy is probably my favourite film of all time

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Park Chan-ook...

    by azguki

    is how it should actually be pronounced. The 'w' is silent in the Korean. And Sympathy for Mr. Vengence is a veritable masterpiece (although Oldboy and Mrs. Vengence get all the acclaim).

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Yea I think Mr Vengance was my favourite

    by UGG

    Lady Vengance and Oldboy are great of course. I actually think Ji-woon Kim's A Bittersweet Life is on a par with Oldboy.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Miike's Engllish films and Silent Hill

    by beastie

    I don't like when director's who have very little grasp of another language handle that language in a film. Miike cannot get good performances out of his actors because he doesn't seem to understand voice inflection. Gans didn't seem to understand how ridiculous the script for Silent Hill was when he shot that. Little nuances don't seem to tanslate well. I love Park. I feel he might be the greatest living director, but I am very weary of directors working outside of their native language.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    It's a great script.

    by Frat Boy

    Not real plot heavy, but some incredibly creepy characters. Very actor friendly.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Blood Simple for Ugg

    by gakchat

    Hi Ugg, that remake was directed by Zhang Yimou, Chinese director who did "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers". The remake was re-imagined as a comedy and is called "A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop". It came out last year.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    gakchat cheers for that.

    by UGG

    Hero is one of my all time favourite's too, can't believe I missed it, and as a comedy too? Thank's again.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Lady vengeance was the best of the trilogy IMO

    by Stalkeye

    Oldboy is a close second.Wenthworth Miller has to make up for his lame ass portrayal as Chris redfield from the last RE Film otherwise his post Prison Break Career is in the shitter.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Is he trying to kick his way into films the Stallone way or what? I know he was in the most recent RESIDENT EVIL film but I wouldn't call that a game-changer for him. The Wook-Wentworth connection is totally weird. I hope it's because Miller is secretly a brilliant writer and not just because Wook had a shoestring budget for a screenplay.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Ugg: BLOOD SIMPLE remake (it's Yimou not Park)

    by golden tribw

    It's Zhang Yimou who remade it:

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    As in Bram Stoker?

    by SnootyBoots

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Just hope it's better Won Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"

    by pollaxt

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Who will they get to play the Spider?


    Now that's a brilliant cameo.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    It's a really good script.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Miller should stick to writing.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Hopefully he can establish himself outside of Prison Breaq. That was a coo' show, but that 4th year was too much.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Nice to see some love for A Bittersweet Life.

    by Knuckleduster

    Now that film is an action masterpiece.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by Smack_Teddy

    I'll give Wentworth Miller a chance... someone once told me Vin Diesal wrote The Boiler Room...which turned out to be bullshit. Not really sure why im thinking to compare Vin Diesel to Wentworth Miller, but give the kid? a chance, great writers are hiding everywhere arn't they?...

  • ...or it wouldn't be a scott/free production!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I don't know about this...

    by Toruk_Makto

    When working with Americans, Asian directors all of a sudden seem to have a hard time saying: "Uhm, that idea sucks, no, really, it's horrible and there is no way in tartarus it's going down in my film." Instead I picture them replying to a completely inane premise with a: "Ahhhhh, very good idea."

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Wentworth Miller is huge in Korea

    by torontoxic

    He's the face of a fashion label or something over there. So he probably met Chan Wook Park while working that job. Personally while I loved Old Boy all of the Vengeance movies would be nothing without it. It perfected the elements that are repetitious in the other two and Thirst didn't impress me at all. The concept sounds okay as a loose lead in.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Interesting though this film is

    by Spunkmonkey

    I'm more interested in what this director's next project is! Contender for best film ever made?

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    "The plot sounds vague...."

    by Gabe Athouse

    I think you mean that the description of the plot is vague.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Hey, fucktard, this would've been new if it were November

    by ParagonComplex

    People talk shit about AICN being late with news, but holy shit, this takes the cake.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    WTF is that animated banner on the main page

    by gun_will_travel

    Cause its more disturbing than any horror film

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    That would be The Shining.

    by YND

    That is all.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    very cool indeed

    by T 1000 xp professional

    America's ears will be ringing after they hear this guy's voice.