Thursday, March 5, 2009

Barry Sonnenfeld to do Korean remake

Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of "Men in Black" and cinematographer of "Raising Arizona," one of my all-time favorite films, is set to do a remake of Scandal Makers, a Korean film going with the title 과속스캔들 (kwa•sok•sŭ•k'aen•dŭl).

Not being present in Korea for more than a few months of the year since 2006, I'd never heard of "Scandal Makers," but Variety has. They said the Korean hit "Pic centers on a philandering pop singer whose life is turned upside-down when he discovers that he has a daughter and a grandson." 

Sonnenfeld describes that as a "universal theme," saying the movie "is funny, intelligent, and full of heart." 

Okay. Let's hope it does at least as well as "The Uninvited" and better than "Lake House."

Oh, and here's my perennial take on this whole remake thing. It would be nice if American audiences could bother with subtitles so that they can actually watch originals instead of remakes that tend to pale in comparison, and wouldn't it be nice if Hollywood could come up with something original every now and again? 

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