A U.S. version of “Veteran” will be produced
On Nov 1st, U.S. media outlet Variety reported that director Michael Mann, known for films like “The Aviator” and “Ferrari”, is planning to produce a U.S. version of “Veteran“.
The project is at development stage, and it is known that Michael Mann is working with the U.S. and Korean wings of CJ ENM. However, whether Michael Mann himself will direct or just take production and writing credits is still undetermined.
Regarding this, a source close to CJ ENM told Variety, “We are developing a script with Michael Mann, but his role and our schedule are not fixed yet.” Additionally, due to the prolonged Hollywood strike, it remains uncertain when the remake will officially start.
“Veteran”, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan and released in 2015, revolves around an honest cop who seeks justice for a common man against all odds and a rich boy who seeks revenge on the cop. At the time of its release, “Veteran” attracted an impressive 13.41 million viewers, making it the third highest-grossing film in South Korea’s box office history. It also earned Ryoo Seung-wan the Best Director (Film) award at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards and the Best Director award at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
News of the remake of this beloved film has generated high expectations among many fans.
Meanwhile, Michael Mann is currently focusing on producing “Heat 2”, the sequel to his genre-defining noir “Heat”. The anticipation is high, considering that it has been 28 years since “Heat” was released in 1995.