Charlize Theron finds ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’

Theron will star in, co-produce film adaptation

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is partnering with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films and CJ Entertainment to produce William Monahan’s adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”

Annapurna will finance the pic, while Panorama Media will handle international sales.

Theron will star as well as produce with Denver & Delilah partner Beth Kono; Annapurna’s Ellison and Chelsea Barnard; CJ Entertainment’s Ted Kim; and Monahan. Justine Suzanne Jones of Henceforth Pictures, AJ Dix of Denver & Delilah, Ted Schipper of Annapurna and Miky Lee of CJ Entertainment will exec produce. Ellison and Annapurna Pictures will finance the film.

The third film in Park’s acclaimed revenge trilogy, “Lady Vengeance” follows a woman who, for reasons of her own, completes a prison term for a murder she did not commit, re-emerging to punish the killer and avenge the dead.

“This will be very American – and very unexpected,” Monahan said. “Park is a genius; it’s the Everest of adaptations, and I’ve got blood in my teeth to do it.”

Monahan recently wrote Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and Paramount’s remake of “The Gambler.” He’ll next direct the original thriller “Mojave,” in development at Atlas Entertainment. His production company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of feature and television projects in development including a screen adaptation of his first novel, “Light House: A Trifle” and “The Throwaways,” based on a New Yorker piece by journalist Sarah Stillman.

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