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Park Chan-Wook Wielding Axe
Adapting Donald Westlake's killer novel

20 April 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Korea Joongang Daily (via The Playlist)

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Park Chan-Wook Wielding Axe

Back in the days before he landed on Stoker, Oldboy director Park Chan-wook was planning to make his English-language debut with a different movie. Those plans clearly didn't go away, however, with the news that The Axe has come back around to occupy Chan-wook's time once he's finished with Wentworth Miller's chiller.

Based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake (see also Jason Statham's upcoming Parker), The Axe is a thriller about one Burke Devore. Burke finds himself struggling to find gainful employment after corporate downsizing ejects him from his middle-class comfort zone as a paper company's product manager. The answer, you'd think, would be to set yourself ahead of the competition via a ruthlessly targeted CV blitz... but Burke opts to eliminate his rivals in the job market through serial killing instead. Gotta have a system.

"I was planning to make it," says Chan-wook, "but while I was looking for investors, I received the Stoker screenplay. So The Axe will be my next film. I just need to do some more work on the casting..."

He's remaining in Hollywood for the forseeable future then, but says it's not a particular plan. "I was impressed there are so many good stories and screenplays in Hollywood," he enthuses. "And you can shoot many kinds of movies here, such as films dealing with race, which is hard to imagine doing in Korea. I shot Stoker in three weeks, compared to more than 90 days for Thirst. But I'd like to continue working in both Hollywood and Korea. It doesn't matter to me where a film is made. If the story is good, I'll follow it!"

Stoker, starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman, is currently in post-production.


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Let the Wook-ie win!
Can't wait to see this man's next few efforts. One of the most exciting talents out there in my opinion. I really hope he kept some of his Korean crew members though, now he has "gone West" so to speak. His past Korean cinematographers really deserve the high praise and recognition that he has had as well. More

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Didn't they make this already....
with Micheal Caine. Can't remember what it was called. He murdered everyone in his company to secure promotion or something like that. More

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Didn't they make this already....
with Micheal Caine. Can't remember what it was called. He murdered everyone in his company to secure promotion or something like that. More

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