New Line Acquires Remake Rights For Korean Hitman Flick THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

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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? 

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ManateeAdvocateJune 29, 2016 4:56 PM

Gosh, I didn't find the story convoluted. Maybe I missed something. Well, no better excuse to watch this awesome flick again.

r0rschachJune 29, 2016 6:05 PM

For everyone not in a Hollywood boardroom right now I think I can sum this up in a single word: "Yuck".

Gopal NatarajanJune 29, 2016 8:56 PM

Well, considering that "The Man from Nowhere" is basically a remake of "Leon: The Professional," how good will a copy of a copy be?

YojimboJune 29, 2016 9:07 PM

Basically as in there is a man a young girl, guns and mortal peril to both our heroine and our hero?

YojimboJune 29, 2016 9:13 PM

I agree I didn't find it convoluted this film and a Bittersweet Life are my two favourite Korean action films of recent.

JEFFREY SINGERJune 29, 2016 9:44 PM

I thought "No Tears For The Dead" by the same director was actually better (and it sort of had the same plot, although the plot might be too intense and/or tragic for American audiences.) I still love "A Company Man" as my favorite of the Korean hit man movies I have seen on Netflix (I watch them all!!!)

I would also love to see an adaptation of "I Saw The Devil" done -- I thought I read somewhere that it might be in the works?

Finally, a remake of "The Thieves" seems like a no-brainer -- it is such a delightful, fun, action-packed movie with clever plot-twists and great set-pieces that are screaming to be transposed into an American city. Come on Hollywood -- let's make these movies happen!

Gopal NatarajanJune 29, 2016 11:18 PM

Basically as in loner hitman reluctantly defends wayward young girl who lives in his building from criminals, thus cracking the black shell of solitude around his heart.

PSYJune 30, 2016 2:59 AM

I wish they would cast won bin again (assuming he speaks english fluently) or lee byung hung.
This would give an even more appropriate meaning to the movie title.
Apart from Michael Fassbender or Tom Hiddleston, I can't think of another male hollywood actor who is stylish and who can fight smoothly with a knife as well.
Anyway I'll just watch the original again.

PSYJune 30, 2016 3:02 AM

I didn't know about No tears for the dead but I'm watching it within next week thank you !
Did you watch "A bittersweet life" ?

Andrew MackJune 30, 2016 9:05 AM

You're right guys. Perhaps bloated is a better word? The middle act itself could have been cut down a lot I felt. I too have to go back to it but I remember how long that middle act felt, with subplots that did not need that much attention. Still, I really, really like it.

JEFFREY SINGERJune 30, 2016 11:49 AM

Interesting -- I haven't seen "A Bittersweet Life." I'm watching this weekend! I love Jee--woon Kim's stuff and was lucky enough to see "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" on a big screen when it first came out. Still one of my favorite all time foreign films. Also, Byung-hun Lee is a total stud and should make more American films.

wagnerfilmJune 30, 2016 2:54 PM

Pretty sure the little girl in The Man from Nowhere didn't become the protagonist's apprentice assassin. Also there's the little matter of the story being entirely different.

ShalimarJune 30, 2016 8:09 PM

A Hindi remake, Rocky Handsome, was released earlier this year.

PSYJuly 1, 2016 5:54 AM

You are even more luckier since you haven't seen that one yet.. Enjoy !!!

TwOne FirdausJuly 1, 2016 7:26 AM

since when he is won bin is hitman ? he is ex gov agent, leon is already astablished hitman and spend entire time with natalie portman. won bin spend entire time to find that kidnapped kid. basically not a remake of Leon: The Professional..you just make yourself a joke