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  • Michael B. Jordan Tapped for A BITTERSWEET LIFE Remake
  • by Pierce Conran /  Aug 25, 2017
  • KUNG FU PANDA Helmer Fills Director’s Chair

    Hollywood is taking another crack at remaking KIM Jee-woon’s modern classic A Bittersweet Life (2005), with studio 20th Century Fox reviving the project with a new director and lead star. Animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has been tapped to direct and Michael B. Jordan will take on the role made famous by LEE Byung-hun.

    A Bittersweet Life follows a gang boss’ trusted number two who is charged with disposing of his employer’s mistress, but when he falls for the girl he finds himself on the wrong side of his organization. The film was a major critical and commercial success, cementing both KIM and LEE as leading lights of Korean cinema. They have since collaborated together on The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008), I Saw The Devil (2010) and last year’s The Age of Shadows.

    Michael B. Jordan is most well known to viewers for starring in Creed, the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, as Apollo Creed’s son, but he has been impressing viewers for 15 years, starting with an early role in the acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire. He will next be seen opposite Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel title Black Panther.

    Known for directing Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, Nelson 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.

    Director KIM is currently working on In-rang, a big-budget live-action remake of Japanese animation Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) while LEE is one of the leads of next month’s period war thriller The Fortress.

    The project will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen, while the studio behind the original, CJ Entertainment, is also involved.
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