‘I Saw the Devil’ remake is still on, You’re Next & The Guest director Adam Wingard is at the helm!


A remake of Korean director Kim Jee-Woon’s stunning and savage serial killer thriller, I Saw the Devil, has been on the cards for some time now. Last December Dredd producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna confirmed that they would be producing the remake, and like it or not, the film has now had a writer and director confirmed.

If you have not seen I Saw the Devil then take my advice and fix that, right now!

If you have seen it, I am sure you’ll agree that an English language remake is yet another one of those annoying ideas, yet thankfully this remake has now bagged itself two very skilled filmmakers in the shape of director Adam Wingard and his writing partner Simon Barrett. If you are not aware of who this skilled duo are, then check out You’re Next, The Guest, A Horrible Way to Die and also segments for VHS and VHS-2 if you want proof of their incredible talents. Their producing partners on The Guest and You’re Next, Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, will also be producing the remake.

With the producers of Dredd, along with the team behind The Guest and You’re Next involved, this has actually turned into a remake I am excited about. Even more exciting is that Wingard and Barrett have been onboard for some time already, and Barrett has begun writing the script, while Wingard has already began meeting with actors for the film.

Here is part of the press release when Shankar and Silna came onboard as producers:

Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors has acquired English language remake rights to 2010 South Korean Kim Jee Woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weirdand A Tale of Two Sisters) helmed revenge thriller I SAW THE DEVIL, which is widely regarded as the most violent and elaborate revenge story ever told onscreen. Rather than just finding the criminal, killing him, and ending the story, I SAW THE DEVIL asks the question “what if the hero becomes the criminal?” Focusing on the characters rather than the mystery of finding the criminal, I SAW THE DEVIL details the journey of vengeance beyond all realms of sanity. The realistic and brutal violence is one of the most explicit displays of violence ever seen on film.

Shankar says, “Kim Jee Woon’s I SAW THE DEVIL is perfect in so many ways. The intention is not to remake the film per say but rather to “port” it console style for international audiences.”

In the 2010 Korean original, Oldboy’s CHOI Min-sik plays Kyung-chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police. His latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun (The Good, The Bad, The Weird’s LEE Byung-hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind. The lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, the film transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.

Below you will find a couple of Tweets from producer Keith Calder confirming he is involved, and below that you will also find a video from Shankar confirming the news that Wingard and Barrett are involved:



About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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