‘The Guest’ Duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to Remake ‘I Saw The Devil’

By September 15, 2014

I missed a screening of the Korean revenge thriller I Saw The Devil when I covered the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and from all the buzz I heard in the days immediately afterward, it sounded like I made a huge mistake. The film, directed by Kim Jee-woon (The Last Stand; The Good, The Bad, The Weird), is apparently a brutal, relentless exploration of the line between cop and killer; it follows a police officer whose pregnant wife is murdered by a serial killer, and the emotionally charged fallout that happens when the cop and killer begin to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

An American remake was announced right around the time of Spike Lee’s Oldboy (another American remake of a modern Korean classic), and partly due to the terrible reception of Lee’s film, the blogosphere ripped apart the idea of an American remake of I Saw The Devil. But The Wrap reports that Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, the writer and director (respectively) of You’re Next and The Guest, have signed on as the filmmakers behind this remake. That’s good news, because these guys are some of the freshest voices in horror right now, and it seems like they have what it takes to translate this story to a Stateside crowd.

Another interesting thing about this story: producer Adi Shankar (the executive producer of The Grey, Dredd, Lone Survivor, and more) released a YouTube video talking about the project, which I’ll embed below. Producers often give interviews to get the buzz going on their upcoming projects, but because they aren’t as “clickable” as actors or directors, they’re often overlooked by entertainment sites. So if you’re not used to hearing from producers on a regular basis, give this a watch:

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  • Lil Dragon

    Shankar kind of missed the point about Old Boy. It wasn’t that it was a Korean film that made it bomb. It was that it was a badly made remake. And the bit where he said “They went to Korea to make a film. Who does that?” (paraphrasing), is really weak. A lot of people go to distant locations to make films, if the film calls for it.