First Oldboy, now Lady Vengeance.
Charlize Theron has been cast for years as fierce women warrior types, and she’s ready to take on another iconic role as the lead in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, a remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed 2005 thriller Lady Vengeance, the third in Park’s vengeance trilogy, which also includes 2003′s Oldboy, currently being remade by Spike Lee.
Annapurna Pictures, Theron’s production outfit Denver & Delilah Films, and Asian company CJ Entertainment have partnered for the remake, with The Departed Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan writing the script, according to a press release Wednesday.
Theron and Denver & Delilah partner Beth Kono, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Chelsea Barnard, plus CJ Entertainment’s Ted Kim, and William Monahan, are producing, with Justine Suzanne Jones of Henceforth Pictures, AJ Dix of Denver & Delilah, Ted Schipper of Annapurna Pictures and Miky Lee of CJ Entertainment as executive producers. Ellison and Annapurna Pictures are financing the movie, according to the release.
Combining the names of Park’s 2002 trilogy lead-off Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance will follow the story of a woman, played by Theron, who completes a prison term for a murder she’s innocent of committing, then vows to punish the real killer and avenge the dead.
“This will be very American – and very unexpected,” said Monahan in a statement. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”
The announcement proves to expand Park’s already rising star. With Lee remaking equally bloody Oldboy, with Josh Brolin starring as the imprisoned lead who also gets out and seeks vengeance, the attention on South Korean remakes will only increase. Check out EW’s extensive interview with Park, whose first English language film Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, will be released next year, as well as first-time English language movies by South Korean directors Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and Kim Jee-woon (The Last Stand), touting A-list casts.
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A diverse group of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and the nation’s top creative talents are joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help inspire the first national day dedicated to giving coinciding with the Holiday season. Instead of focusing solely on sales and shopping, these celebrities are supporting some of the country’s most innovative charities, volunteer organizations, global campaigns and community groups as they “get out the give” this November 27. With more than 2,000 partner organizations in all 50 states, there are many ways these men and women are building awareness and support for issues ranging from Hurricane Sandy relief to children’s education to women’s health to aid for veterans…and myriad causes in between. A few examples of some of the top stars who are supporting their favorite charities include:
Charlize Theron and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) are teaming up with the Center for Living Peace to raise funds for CTAOP’s mission to keep African youth safe from HIV. Every donation made to CTAOP on #GivingTuesday will be matched by the Center for Living Peace (up to $10,000).
Source: Broadway World
Oscar winner Charlize Theron will narrate the documentary Angels In Exile about street kids in her native South Africa. Directed by Billy Raftery, the film examines the real life of homeless youth in Durham, South Africa. Raftery spent eight years following two youths in particular, Zulieka and Ariel, as they grew from children to adolescents and dealt with the dangers of their world. “You can’t help but connect with Zulieka, her strength and radiant disposition somehow shines through the unimaginably rough world she finds herself in,” said South African-born Theron about what drew her to the project. Raftery, Adam Paul Smith, Franklin Martin and Doug Matejka are producing Angels In Exile in association with the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Red Granite Productions and Act 4 Entertainment. Riza Aziz, David Johnson, Joe Petri and Harry Barton executive produce. Theron’s charity works to keep African young people safe from HIV/AIDS. Appearing in the upcoming Mad Max reboot, Charlize Theron is repped by WME.
Charlize Theron is preparing to tell a Viking drama.
The actress-producer has sold The Clan to ABC, marking the Oscar winner’s third sale this development season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The Clan is described as a sweeping drama set in the Highlands of medieval Scotland, where the great clans battle one another — and the Viking invaders.
Hotel Rwanda writer-director-producer Terry George — who picked up a writing Oscar nomination for the Don Cheadle starrer — is on board to write, direct and executive produce the project.
Theron will exec produce through her ABC Studios-based Denver & Delilah shingle. The sale marks the Monster actress’ latest move this development season and first at ABC. She’s also attached to executive produce a modern-day take on Hatfields & McCoys with Eagle Eye’s John Glenn and family drama Holiday with Californication’s Gina Fattore, both set up at NBC.
Theron has been an active producer, with credits including features Young Adult, Sleepwalking and Monster. She has a handful of features in development as well as a small-screen effort — Mind Hunter, with David Fincher — in development at HBO.
On the big screen, Theron is in preproduction on Mad Max: Fury Road and in talks to produce and potentially star in a drama about slain war reporter Marie Colvin.
George, who picked up an Oscar this year for the live-action short The Shore and was nominated for adapting In the Name of the Father with Jim Sheridan, is repped by WME.
Theron is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Just to let you know that today is the dvd and blu-ray release of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Both DVD and Blu-ray includes the theatrical version and extended version of the movie. The extended version adds another four minutes to the movie. It also has an audio commentary by the director and “A New Legend is Born” featurette where the actors and filmmakes discuss the film in general. To read more of what the dvd and blu-ray has, click here.
Charlize Theron and producer Basil Iwanyk are teaming up for a film about the life of recently killed war journalist Marie Colvin.
Iwanyk and Thunder Road’s Peter Lawson have optioned the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” with Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix in talks to join Iwanyk as producers. The project is being eyed as a possible acting vehicle for Theron, though she has not committed to star.
A search for a writer to adapt the piece written by Marie Brenner is underway. (Brenner also wrote the article that became the 1999 Michael Mann movie The Insider.)
Colvin died in February while covering the civil war in Syria. She was a well-known American war correspondent who wrote for the British paper The Sunday Times, covering wars and conflicts from Kosovo and Chechnya to East Timor and Sri Lanka — where she lost an eye.
Colvin specialized in Middle East affairs and was covering the Syrian uprising in a building that was being shelled by the Syrian Army when she died at age 56.
Colvin was known for her brash style and she fought to bring attention to the inhuman and blood-spilling scenes she witnessed She also endured three divorces and post-traumatic stress disorder in a careeer that made her one of the most important war journalists in the field.
Thunder Road’s Lawson will executive produce.
The project is a change of pace for Iwanyk, whose recent credits include such popcorn hits as The Expendables, Clash of the Titans and its 2012 sequel, Wrath of the Titans. But he also was a producer on The Town, the Oscar-nominated crime movie directed by Ben Affleck. Insiders say that Iwanyk hopes to emulate the path blazed by Town and make a prestigeous and classy drama.
The last time Theron was involved in telling a true-life tale, she won a best actress Oscar for 2003’s Monster, which she also produced. Among Denver and Delilah’s film projects is Murder Mystery, to which John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) is attached to direct. She is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
ICM Partners brokered the option deal.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Charlize Theron just turned 37 today! Happy Birthday Charlize! Enjoy your big day and party like there is no tomorrow