Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna to Produce English-Language Remake of I SAW THE DEVIL

     December 19, 2013


Spike Lee‘s Oldboy didn’t fare so well here in the U.S., but Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna are hoping to have better luck with their English-language remake of a Korean revenge thriller.  The duo’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors company has picked up the rights to Kim Jee-Woon’s 2010 film I Saw the Devil.  In the original, Choi Min-sik (2003′s Oldboy) plays Kyung-chul, a sadistic serial killer who murders the pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun (G.I. Joe’s Lee Byung-hyun).  Soo-hyun then uses his very special set of skills to exact a unique kind of revenge that is dangerous, monstrous, and fascinating.  Unlike Oldboy, I don’t think I Saw the Devil is a masterpiece.  It’s a good movie, but I’ll be interested to see an American spin on it.

Hit the jump for the press release and to check out the trailer for Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil.  The film is available to watch on Netflix Instant.


Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors has acquired English language remake rights to 2010 South Korean Kim Jee Woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weirdand A Tale of Two Sisters) helmed revenge thriller I SAW THE DEVIL, which is widely regarded as the most violent and elaborate revenge story ever told onscreen. Rather than just finding the criminal, killing him, and ending the story, I SAW THE DEVIL asks the question “what if the hero becomes the criminal?” Focusing on the characters rather than the mystery of finding the criminal, I SAW THE DEVIL details the journey of vengeance beyond all realms of sanity. The realistic and brutal violence is one of the most explicit displays of violence ever seen on film.

Shankar says, “Kim Jee Woon’s I SAW THE DEVIL is perfect in so many ways.  The intention is not to remake the film per say but rather to “port” it console style for international audiences.”

In the 2010 Korean original, Oldboy’s CHOI Min-sik plays Kyung-chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police.  His latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun (The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s LEE Byung-hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind.  The lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, the film transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.

1984 Private Defense Contractors, has fast made a name for itself by producing a string of violent, filmmaker-driven, action & crime movies.  1984′s filmography includes 2011’s “Machine Gun Preacher,” the critical and commercial hit ”The Grey” starring Liam Neeson, “Dredd,” and the lauded gangster drama “Killing Them Softly,” starring Brad Pitt, 2013’s crime thriller “Broken City” starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, and action drama “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg.  Upcoming releases include both the crime drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones” starring Liam Neeson and written & directed by Academy Award Nominee Scott Frank and fantastical crime thriller “The Voices” starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Academy Award Nominee Marjane Satrapi.  Most recently 1984 has made headline for developing a project that the internet has dubbed “The Female Expendables” with Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff attached.

Here’s the red-band trailer for the original:

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  • Ivanhoe

    “port” it console style for international audiences.”
    What a joke :D

  • Nick

    I have never felt more depressed, sad and just dirty after watching a movie than i did after i watched “I Saw the Devil” i cringed throughout the movie at some of the graphic imagery displayed, the subjects and the graphic nature is etched in my brain forever, Hollywood doesnt have the balls to pull off the horrific imagery and the brutal violence displayed in this movie and put its themes in perspectives where its not a mindless gore flick. This movie can’t be remade, Min-sik Choi cant be replaced, He is the Devil!
    I wont be able to sleep tonight, Damn you Matt!

    • ervin

      i have to agree with everything you said. when i watched the movie i was literally standing through the last 15 – 20 minutes of the film. i can’t say i ever did that watching anything. i still have so much mixed feelings about the movie. i loved it as much as i hated it. no way hollywood can remake this one. maybe i could see fincher do it. the ”fight club fincher” that is, not ”the social network fincher”.

  • TS

    Another masterpiece about to get ruined :( Hollywood just stop it already. P.S they are remaking The Raid: Redemption, unfortunately

    • Nick

      They are?

      Look the original is wonderful, but a remake could be great too. I’m welcome to it, I’ll have the original if it’s no good

      • TS

        True, that has to be our mentality; they can remake all they wants, will always have the originals and they can’t be replaced

      • lordjim

        they could invest their money in something we haven´t seen before, it´s not like there aren´t any original screenplays around.i mean directors like david lynch, jodorowsky and jim jarmusch have problems to get their original films financed, and woody allen said he´s shooting mainly in europe these days because american studios started to interfere with his ideas, like some greedy studio boss would know more about the art of movie making than a the
        studios rather finance stupid remakes and sequels – hollywood has been taken by idiots that should work in banks and not not in movies.

      • Nick

        Well either way that’s their directive and they’re going to remake movies until the end if time. I don’t think that means we need to denounce the remake. Could be a really good film. Maybe an unnecessary one but with movies making sequels that are essentially the same movie twice (take comes to mind) we can expect that is something is good, or at least successful, we will see it again. Get used to it. Don’t watch the new one. It’s a simple fix. You have no say over hollywoods financial decisions and it’s really not your or my place to judge when we haven’t seen the finished or even started product.

  • ekoville

    why ? why ? why ? fuck you Hollywood . next what we gonna see remake ? The Chaser ? Memories of Murder ? FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD.

  • RecoveR

    See, this movie is honestly one of my favourite movies, of all time, i have never been so on the “edge of my seat” guessing just how the movie would end or flinching at the sheer brutality that i have never seen before, for example: in the van when he hits the woman’s head with a pipe, and it doesn’t cut away. same with the old man and the dumb bell. i thought i wouldn’t be bothered about an american remake, not like a fan boy, but honestly, i thought myself a better person, i really dont like this idea. i will probably watch it, (if the trailer is good) if not, i will most definitely stick to the original South Korean version. previous commenter was right Min- Sik Choi can not be replaced, as can Byung hun- Lee; both terrific actors.

  • seattlejohn449

    the afore-mentioned DREDD seems a lame redo of THE RAID already…unlike the article’s author I wasn’t that impressed with OLDBOY but think I SAW THE DEVIL a real masterpiece that lesser filmmakers should keep their unartistic hands off of

  • tim

    To be fair, The raid was written and Directed by a Welshman.

  • Rob

    They were in production around the same time, it just turned out to be a coincidence that each was a mirror of the same plot.

  • lordjim

    the weak point was the cop, besides being too young he just wasn´t a good actor, but still an enjoyable crazy movie like only south korea makes them, no need for a remake, and the surreal fairy tale logic of these kind of movies just doesn´t fit an american movie.i did prefer oldboy by the way, it was more involving.

  • lordjim

    i have no idea what you are talking about, the plots are completely different.every second movie from south korea is a revenge story by the way, they just love them.

  • Rob

    I meant between The Raid and Dredd.