With his American feature debut Stoker finishing up for a March 2013 release, South Korean director Chan-wook Park is gearing up for his next film. For a while, he was reported to be lining up for an adaptation of Donald E. Westlake‘s The Ax, about a quiet man losing his cool, but now Variety is reporting that the director may be on his way back to Hollywood to direct The Brigands of Rattleborge, a 2006 Black List script that is described as:
“A 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.”
The plot description sounds right up Park’s alley, having gained notoriety for his Vengeance trilogy which includes Oldboy, arguably his biggest film to date, which is being developed as an American remake starring Josh Brolin. The script for The Brigands of Rattleborge was written by S. Craig Zahler and has been in development for years, but has stalled out numerous times, reportedly due to the violent content. Variety goes on to say that a major star is being sought to star in the film, and Red Granite Pictures will finance the film, as they have done with The Wolf of Wall Street, currently shooting in New York City. More on this as it comes out.