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 though, with the news that The Ax has come back around to occupy Chan-wook's
time once he's finished with Wentworth Miller's
Based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake (see also Jason Statham's upcoming
Parker), The Ax 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 Ax 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.