Fresh off the Manchurian escapades of his kimchi western 좋은놈, 나쁜놈, 이상한 놈 (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and last seen producing the trailer for the latest Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (starring Chungmuro's new prodigy, the insanely talented Shim Eun-Kyung), Kim Jee-woon is now ready to embark on his next project, which will mark his International debut. His first choice outside Korean shores is quite eclectic and interesting, considering he will helm a remake of Claude Sautet's 1971 heist classic Max et les Ferrailleurs, which starred Michael Piccoli in the leading role. If you've seen Kim go all Melville noir on us with 달콤한 인생 (A Bittersweet Life), you should already know what to expect, but let's just say that a caper noir with Kim at the helm sounds like gold, even without taking a look at the cast.
In his latest interview (mostly JIMFF-related), Kim revealed a few bits about the film, which will be entitled Max and the Junkmen. Kim already finished the script, and hopes to start shooting around January 2010 - since we're dealing with a noir, he wants to shoot in winter, and missing the all important January window would push things to around September-October 2010. Shooting will take place in Philadelphia, Kim's reasoning being that he needed a dreary look reminding of Europe's oldest cities (which is why he first wanted to opt for London), but since producers wanted to shoot in the US, his last decision was Philly. As for casting, let's hear it straight from Kim's mouth:
10ASIA: Any actor in mind?
KIM Jee-woon: Nothing has been decided yet, but I was thinking about Clive Owen for the lead detective role, and Sienna Miller for the female protagonist. We've been talking and I've met Sienna when she came to Korea recently (ed. to promote G.I. Joe). She seemed interested.