South Korea has been the wellspring for discerning action-movie connoisseurs for years now, and its as true this year as any other year. Recently, Well Go USA put out The Wailing, the striking third film from Na Hong-jin, a film that beat Captain America: Civil War at the box office when it opened in South Korea. Talk of an American remake has already flared up, and it isn’t the first time for the masterful Hong-jin. His first two films, The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, both masterworks of a kind, also garnered plenty of talk about a English-language remake.
Those all remain largely rumors at this point, but another South Korean action-thriller of tremendous merit, 2010’s The Man from Nowhere, now seems poised to get remade on the hurry. Deadline confirms that New Line has acquired rights to the film, following Dimension’s attempts to get the movie remade in 2012. The right reverted to original owner CJ Entertainment, and now are with New Line. Here’s hoping this gets into development quick, but in the meantime, check out Lee Jeong-beom‘s original, which is a thrilling, enveloping genre workout.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Man from Nowhere:
An ex-special agent CHA Tae-shik’s (Won Bin) only connection to the world is a little girl, So-mi (Kim Sae-Ron), who lives next door. Her mother, Hyo-jeong, smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-shik with the product, without letting him know. The traffickers eventually find out about her smuggling and kidnap both Hyo-jeong and So-mi. Tae-shik is now drawn back into the world in a frantic search for So-mi’s whereabouts. In order to save So-mi, he makes an arrangement with the crime mob. While So-mi is still nowhere to be found, the police begin to chase after Tae-shik.With the police and the underground mob on his trail, Tae-shik continues his frantic search for So-mi while his hidden past slowly becomes revealed…