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Park Chan-wook to Direct ‘The Brigands of Rattleborge’

Park Chan-wook
Focus Features

Often when a director makes a big international splash they’re invited to America to make movies. Sometimes they stay (Wolfgang Petersen, or to get old-timey Fritz Lang), and sometimes they make one film and head right back (Wong Kar-Wai with ‘My Blueberry Nights’). It appears that Park Chan-Wook, the man behind the original ‘Oldboy,’ will make a second English language film.

And that film is ‘The Brigands of Rattleborge,’ according to Variety. It’s based on a black list script (the black list is a top list of the best as-yet unproduced screenplays) written by Craig Zahler, and has Red Granite Pictures and Mythology Entertainment set to finance it, so it sounds like a go project.

Variety describes it as an “ultra-violent thriller [that] follows a sheriff and a doctor who seek revenge against a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob and terrorize the occupants of a small town.” Sounds like a great set up. Park Chan-wook talked about making a film called ‘The Ax’ a while back, but that may have been his fallback plan. Hopefully what this means is that his first English-language film ‘Stoker‘ went well and that he’s happy with it, and the March 1 release date just means that Fox Searchlight has no idea when to release it because it’s not an Oscar picture. At least, one hopes.

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