Park Chan-wook’s Hollywood debut
Master of the psychologically disturbed dark thriller, director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Thirst) is poised to direct his first film in Hollywood, starring…Jodie Foster? I’m trying to wrap my head around Park Chan-wook directing Jodie Foster…hm…does anyone else think that if they remake Old Boy, they should make HER the star? And have him direct? Now THAT’s a thing I’d like to see.
The thriller stars Carey Mulligan (An Education, Pride and Prejudice) alongside Foster, as a young woman whose uncle reappears in her life in the wake of her father’s death. Nothing in the premise to suggest anything otherworldly, but there is reportedly a supernatural element in the story.
That might help to explain the title, Stoker, which if it isn’t a reference to Bram Stoker or something like that, is a ridiculous title. Also, it’s an added layer of funny because in Korean, the transliteration is [스토커], which is the same word as “stalker.” You see why I thought the movie was one thing, then discovered it was another.
The screenplay is written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller (Huh. That’s interesting.) and is planning for a 2012 release. I don’t know that I enjoy the fact that Korea’s star director might end up a cog in the Hollywood machine (Wow, that sounded unintentionally bitter), but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he manages to retain his stylistic flair…the thing that makes Park Chan-wook… Park Chan-wook.
Via Star News