South Korean writer/director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is in talks to make his English-language debut with Stoker. Based on a script from actor Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Stoker centers on “the story of an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle who returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father.”
Last we checked, Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) and Jodie Foster were in negotiations to star. Their involvement has been confirmed, and it is suggested that Fox Searchlight seeks a similarly high profile name to fill the male lead, the “estranged uncle.” More after the jump.
According to 24 Frames, there is no major “genre element” in Miller’s script that immediately declares its allure to Park. But Stoker reportedly sports a dark tone worthy of the filmmaker.
Lazy bones that I am, I’ve only seen Oldboy, with the other members of The Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) and last year’s Thirst on my list. But all it takes is one to know that Park is a disturbed individual. I’m alternately excited and horrified for Park to put the “strange” back into “estranged uncle.” In English! Buoyed by the angelic presence of Carey Mulligan, no less.
Hopefully Stoker gets to theaters before the threatened Will Smith/Steven Spielberg remake of Oldboy.