Kim Jee-Woon’s brilliant I Saw The Devil is getting remade
I knew something big was in the works when we went a couple of weeks without hearing of any new remakes on the horizon. I Saw the Devil is an absolute masterful piece of horror cinema that is downright brutal and dark as all hell, and now it’s headed to the States. Uh oh. I Saw the Devil has only been around for a couple of years so they certainly didn’t wait long to bring this one to American audiences. Let the Right One In underwent a similar situation when Matt Reeves remade the film shortly after (Let Me In), and honestly, that remake turned out just fine. So could this one have a similar fate?
This remake is being branded as a “port” by Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna, who just acquired the rights to the film. Obviously, fans of the original are going to start cliff diving just by reading this title alone, but as of right now this remake is in some pretty good hands. Here’s what they told the wrap: “[the original] is perfect in so many ways. The intention is not to remake the film per se, but rather to “port” it for international audiences.” That sentence tells me that they are going to remake the film shot-for-shot, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it worked for Reeves’ Let Me In. These guys worked wonders on Dredd and they had previously worked on the underrated The Grey as well, so they’ve certainly got a good track record thus far.
When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.
The original film is perfect in my opinion, and it sucks to see that it’s getting remade just so American audiences can see it. Sonofabitch. We’ll have to wait and see how this turns out because it could really go either way. In the meantime, if you havn’t seen I Saw the Devil then you now know what you’ll be doing this weekend.