Allen Hughes, one-half of the Hughes Brothers will direct a remake of Kim Jee-woon’s crime drama A Bittersweet Life.
Korean 2005 violent crime drama A Bittersweet Life starred G.I. Joe’s Byung-hun Lee as a mob enforcer who also moonlights as a hotel manager, Sunwoo, owned by his boss, Kang. When our hero is tasked with ensuring that his boss’ mistress isn’t doing the forbidden tango with another man, all manner of complications ensue. Pretty soon, our hero is double-crossed, eventually leading him to set off on a bloody quest for vengeance.
Fox and New Regency hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to write a new draft of the script. Peckham also did some rewriting on The Book Of Eli, which Hughes helmed with his brotha, Albert.
Allen was already attached to helm another Asian cinema remake, the long-gestating live-action Akira over at Warner Bros. with his bro, Albert.
Allen recently made his first solo feature film as a director with, Broken City, due in theaters on January 18th, 2013.
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