Adam Wingard And Simon Barrett Will Remake Kim Jee-woon's I SAW THE DEVIL

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Adam Wingard And Simon Barrett Will Remake Kim Jee-woon's I SAW THE DEVIL
Sure. The news about this came out yesterday, via The Wrap but if there is one readership that would have informed, if not passionate, opinions about this, it would have to be the ScreenAnarchy readers. 

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the director and writer of such hits as A Horrible Way To Die, You're Next and The Guest -- which is coming to cinemas in the U.S. tomorrow (Wednesday) -- have begun working on an English-language remake of Kim Jee-woon's violent Korean-language thriller I Saw The Devil. The report states that Barrett is working on his script and Wingard is speaking to talent. Producer Adi Shanker went online a few days back to voice his passionate support for Wingard and Barrett. You will find that video below. 

There is no doubt that Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have won over a large legion of fans in recent years with their excellent films. It is an announcement that is sure to polarize fans of this dynamic duo who, in my opinion, could do no wrong up until this point. That is my knee-jerk reaction to this news, yet contemplatively, I remain hopeful. Honestly, if anyone could put a fresh face on the property and knock it out of the park, it should be these guys. 

Despite what anyone says I wish them luck. I want to see how they are going to top that taxi scene.
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ToryKSeptember 16, 2014 3:29 PM

I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it here - I'll watch it. I love these guys and I DO think they could do something cool with this, but I'd much rather see them doing something of their own. They haven't let me down yet. They're on a hell of a roll, it seems, and this just seems kind of out of the blue. It's a tad disappointing, but I'm sure we'll dig the end result when all's said and done.

Forkboy Von ForkboySeptember 16, 2014 4:16 PM

I wish people would take bad movies and try to improve them instead of taking excellent movies and reworking them. 9 out of 10 never match the original (and that may be a generous number). I do wish them luck, and I'm sure I'll check it out, but I can't get very enthused about this.

Andrew MackSeptember 16, 2014 4:36 PM

I agree. Love their original content. Just as disappointed as you are that they are remaking something else.

We had this saying from my student ministry years that we used to say to our kids, "I'm not so much angry, as I am disappointed".

I look forward to seeing what they do with it.

Maxwell DeanSeptember 16, 2014 5:52 PM

They will have to do an amazing job to equal the original.

Maxwell DeanSeptember 16, 2014 5:54 PM

Really don't get why their films are considered original. If you could actually tell me SPECIFICALLY why I would love to hear it.

raiza smithSeptember 16, 2014 8:00 PM

Oh god after seeing, You're Bored Next, They're the last ones who should be remaking this..

John DominguezSeptember 16, 2014 10:46 PM

Yeah remake quite possibly the best revenge movie ever. Learn from Spike Lee.

Less Lee MooreSeptember 16, 2014 11:27 PM

These guys are awesome. I am thrilled to see them getting such great projects.

willDO fo REal DOaghSeptember 17, 2014 2:16 AM

the most unremake duo make a remake.......im in!!

usernameSeptember 17, 2014 2:29 AM

No. No. No. No. No.

Art VandelaySeptember 17, 2014 3:09 AM

CRAZY CAST SUGGESTION:

Keanu Reeves
Gary Busey

James RobinsonSeptember 17, 2014 4:16 PM

I thought Jim Mickler was the least unremake remaker?

Btw, watch the original We Are What We Are before the US version, please.

marllSeptember 17, 2014 4:17 PM

i am sorry, but this is a terrible, TERRIBLE idea.
the original is masterpiece, one of my fave films ever in fact.
and i think it should be left as such.
i am not that concerned with adam wingard's work, i seem to be in a minority. i found 'your next' just boring, i couldn't even be bothered to watch it till the end, and that is a rare thing for me... i saw the devil is completely magnetic and absorbing and surprising through every frame, so PLEASEEEEE
please, leave it alone.
ps. "if anyone could put a fresh face on the property"?
ok, one, such a phrase, calling it a property is nothing less than just saying it is a commodity. to 'real fans' it is more than that, it is a bona fide work of art.
and second, is it not 'fresh' already? i watched it again a few weeks back and it is so fresh it stings. i think it has easily earned the status of a timeless masterpiece, is citizen kane not 'fresh' anymore. see anyone remaking that? no. this is a chance to cash in just by remaking the film for english speaking audience.i will not even bother to watch the old boy remake. it is contemptuous to say the least and was the work of a director who has no 'fresh' ideas.. so get on the remake bandwagon... if they were such 'fans' as the guy says in the video why are they intent on traduceing the original? imho, sounds like bollocks to me.

ElectricDreamMachineSeptember 19, 2014 4:30 AM

Boosh! That was a hilarious and clever re-IMAGINING of a title. Please tell me that you were a writer for How I Met Your Mother.