Allen Hughes To Remake A Bittersweet Life

While his brother Albert Hughes is having serious trouble getting a new project going, having both the live-action remake of Akira and Motor City go belly up, Allen Hughes is wasting no time finding his next project. Having just recently finished production on the upcoming thriller Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, the filmmaker is now attached to direct A Bittersweet Life, a remake of the Jee-woon Kim film of the same name from 2005.

Deadline, which broke the story, adds that Anthony Peckham, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot as well as Sherlock Holmes, Invictus and Don't Say A Word, has been brought on board to write the script for the project. The story follows a high-ranking mobster (originally played by Lee Byung-hun) who is given what appears to be a simple errand: his boss, Kang, wants him to escort Kang's young mistress around and try to figure out if she is cheating on him with another man. If she is cheating on him the protagonist has permission to kill her, but as he spends more time with her he sees her beauty and innocence. When he discovers that she is indeed cheating on Kang, he makes the decision not to kill her and not tell his boss, but all secrets have consequences.

Peckham has experience working with Hughes, as he did rewrite work on the Hughes' brothers' 2010 film The Book of Eli. It's unknown at this time when the Bittersweet Life remake will go into development, but Broken City is due out at the start of next year on January 18th.

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