Studio 20th Century Fox will remake Kim Jee Woon‘s modern classic A Bittersweet Life (2005) with a new director and lead star. The Hollywood version will be directed by animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, while Michael B. Jordan will take on the role made famous by Lee Byung Hun. CJ Entertainment, the studio behind the original, is also involved.
The action drama movie follows the story of Kim Sun Woo, a high ranking and loyal right-hand man of Kang the cold-hearted gang boss. One day Kang assigns Sun Woo to shadow his young mistress, but when he becomes enthralled by the girl’s beauty and innocence, he finds himself on the wrong side of his organization.
The film was a major success with a total of 1,291,621 admissions and highly positive critical reception. Lee Byung Hun and director Kim Jee Woon have collaborated together on The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008), I Saw The Devil (2010) and last year’s The Age of Shadows since that project. Currently, director Kim Jee Woon is working on In-rang, a live-action remake of Japanese animation Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999), while Lee Byung Hun’s latest movie Namhansanseong Fortress will be released next month.
The lead of A Bittersweet Life‘s Hollywood remake, Michael B. Jordan, has been impressing viewers for 15 years. He is most famous for his role as Apollo Creed’s son in Creed, the latest installment of the Rocky franchise. Michael B. Jordan will be next seen in the Marvel title Black Panther.
Nelson, the movie’s director, is known for being in charge of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3. She is currently working on her live action debut, an adaptation of the young adult thriller novel Dark Materials, which is due for release next year.
Source: Korean Film