Looks like more films and content from Asia will have a Hollywood remake. Personally, I think its great that our Asian stories, films and content are getting the Hollywood treatment, but the fear is there will be whitewashing of the actors who play the characters and the essence which made these films uniquely Asian will be lost. If Hollywood casting has learned its lessons from all the campaigns and advocacy against whitewashing, these type of Hollywood remakes, will provide more opportunities to Asian Americans/diaspora to have their faces on the Hollywood screens. Isn’t this what the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Searching was meant to be about? Again, I am rambling out of my ass and making assumptions, but safe to say, I feel it is justified in some ways because of what we all know has happened in the past. 

Anyways, it looks like Derek Kolstad, creator of the JOHN WICK franchise will be in charge of this adaptation for New Line Cinema. When the film opened in S Korea in 2010, it was the highest grossing film for that year, earning S Korean box office $42 million. So let’s wait and see how this Hollywood adaptation will do. Here is more from Deadline Hollywood:

The Man From Nowhere was the highest grossing film in South Korea during its year of release making $42M. The pic, directed and written by Jeong-beom Lee opened to No. 1 and held that spot for five weeks. The original film centered around a quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past who takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. CJ Entertainment is attached to produce the English remake.


Let’s all keep an eye out on the casting process, and hope this will open up more opportunities for Asian Americans/diaspora talent.

Images via Deadline Hollywood

To read the original article, please click on: ‘John Wick’ Creator Derek Kolstad Adapting South Korean Hit ‘The Man From Nowhere’ For New Line

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