New Line Acquires Remake Rights For Korean Hitman Flick THE MAN FROM NOWHERE
The remake rights for Lee Joeng-beom's 2010 hitman flick The Man From Nowhere have lapsed. New Line has picked them up and are hoping they can adapt the Korean hit for a Western audience.
According to the report over at Deadline Dimension Films had the rights before they went back to Korean studio CJ Entertainment.
The original Korean flick was about a pawnshop owner who lives an isolated life. He befriends the little girl next door but when she and her mom are kidnapped by a druglord the pawnshop owner is drawn into a bitter battle with warring factions and his mysterious past come out rather violently.
The original film made a rather large splash both in it's native Korea and abroad on the festival circuit. Though it had some issues with a convoluted story structure there was no denying how powerful and intense it was as an action film.
Any American studio would be lucky to capture that magic again.
If they manage to get it going who do you want to see involved in it, from director(s), to action and fight choreographers, to the actors?