November 19, 2008 / 9:57 AM / 10 years ago

Will Smith and scribe reunite for Asian remake

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Nothing brings people together like $584 million in worldwide revenue.

Will Smith gestures at the premiere of "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California October 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

In a potential high-profile star-writer reunion, “I Am Legend” co-scribe Mark Protosevich is in early talks to pen the remake of “Old Boy,” which “Legend” star Will Smith is developing with director Steven Spielberg.

DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights to the 2003 Korean film about a man’s mysterious kidnapping, 15-year imprisonment and feverish quest for revenge upon being released.

A slew of Asian remakes have found their way into American theaters and onto development slates in the past few years. Screenwriter William Monahan won the best adapted screenplay Oscar in 2007 for translating the Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs” into the best picture winner “The Departed.”

Protosevich also has written “Poseidon” and “The Cell,” and he worked on “Thor” for Marvel Studios.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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