Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli) has signed on to direct a remake of the Korean crime drama A Bittersweet Life. The 2005 original revolves around a hotel manager, Sunwoo, who doubles as the right hand man for a mob boss, Kang. Kang turns on his former confidante after he botches a job involving a mistress, and Sunwoo must fight for his life alone against the goons sent out to kill him. Deadline reports that Fox and New Regency are fast tracking the project, and they hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to write a new draft of the script.
Albert Hughes is one half of the Hughes brothers who directed the likes of The Book of Eli, From Hell, and Menace II Society. Hughes recently directed his first feature without his brother, Broken City, due in theaters on January 18, 2013. Hit the jump for a trailer and full synopsis for the original Bittersweet Life.
Tony Peckham, the man behind the screenplays for Invictus and Sherlock Holmes, is in final discussions to pen the rewrite for The Twilight Zone. Originally written by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic), Peckham will tweak the tentpole project for Warner Bros. Variety reports that the studio aims to have one cohesive story that incorporates elements from The Twilight Zone universe. The feature will be directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and produced through Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
In other screenwriter news, Todd Berger has been confirmed to pen the recent MGM pick up, Where’s Waldo? Touting a history of written shorts like Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters and The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, Berger will next tackle the script for the striped traveler. Hit the jump for more.
Screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) has been tapped to work on the script for Paramount’s upcoming Jack Ryan flick. Tentatively titled “Moscow“, the film will star Chris Pine with Jack Bender (Lost) at the helm. Heat Vision doesn’t offer any details on the current plot beyond saying it will “tell the story of Ryan’s early career [and is] in Russia, with terrorist acts as a backdrop.” Last month, we reported that Ryan is “fresh-from-the-Marines and goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.” The new Ryan movie will serve as a reboot for the franchise and Paramount is hoping to begin shooting later this year or early 2011. The last Jack Ryan film was 2002′s The Sum of All Fears.
Peckham’s other screenwriting credits include Invcitus and Don’t Say a Word. He also worked on The Book of Eli.
Warner Home Video has just announced director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray on March 30. While James Cameron’s Avatar has dominated the box office and news the past two months, Sherlock Holmes has quietly made almost $400 million at the worldwide box office and it’s still making money. For a movie that cost around $100 million to make, Holmes is one of the big success stories of 2009. That’s probably why the studio is moving forward with a sequel as I type these words.
Hit the jump to check out the cover art and the info we were provided about the DVD and Blu-ray: