I quite enjoyed Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, but it looks like he’ll be returning to his native South Korea for his follow-up. According to Screen Daily, Park is set to adapt Sarah Waters‘ 2002 novel Fingersmith, and will begin casting this month. Waters’ book is set in Victorian London, and focuses on young women are who work as petty thieves (“fingersmiths”). The book was previously adapted in 2005 into a two-part BBC miniseries starring Sally Hawkins and Imelda Staunton. Park is resetting his adaptation to Korea sometime during the Japanese occupation (1910 – 1945). The Korean title, “Agashi”, directly translates to “Young Lady” or “Miss”. There’s currently no English title for the project.
Production is set to begin in the first half of 2015. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Waters’ novel.
Here’s the synopsis for Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith:
Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.
One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.
With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals. [Amazon]