The Hyper-Violent South Korean Action Film THE VILLAINESS is Being Developed as a TV Series By Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment have picked up the rights to the crazy hyper-violent South Korean action film The Villainess and they will be developing it as a TV series!
The story follows a young woman who has been trained since she was a kid to become a deadly assassin. The original film was directed by Jung Byung-gi and fans of the film will be happy to learn that he is set to helm the pilot episode of the series as well.
If you’ve never seen the original film, you should check it out! The action in this film is completely badass and it’s currently available to watch on Hulu. Here’s the synopsis for the film:
Since she was a little girl, Sook-hee was raised to be a deadly assassin. She gladly accepts the chance to start a new life when South Korea’s Intelligence Agency recruits her as a sleeper agent, with the promise of complete freedom after ten years of service. But soon after taking on her new identity as Chae Yeon-soo, a 27-year-old theatre actress, she begins to realize that for someone who has lived as a killer her entire life, normal is no easy task. When two men from her past suddenly appear in her new life, it unlocks dark secrets that should’ve stayed hidden, and the fallout is swift and explosive.
As far as the TV series goes, here’s some information on the story from Deadline. While it will mostly be similar to the film, there are a few changes. Here’s what the report reveals:
The Villainess follows Anes, who was kidnapped from her home in Korea and raised as a deadly assassin in Los Angeles. Just when Anes believes she has found true peace, unsettling events drive her to return to Korea to uncover dangerous truths about her home and her past.
When talking about the series, Bryan and Sean Furst, Co-Presidents of TV and Film at Skybound Entertainment, had this to say in a statement:
“Jung Byung-gil has quickly established himself as one of the world’s great action directors, and we’re incredibly excited to be working with him to expand the world of The Villainess into a thrilling international series.”
Contents Panda’s Kim Jae-min added:
“We expect that The Villainess, which made a successful debut in Cannes Film Festival, will bring special entertainment and fun to the audience with its rich stories of the genre, and through the partnership with Skybound Entertainment, already well-known for The Walking Dead.”
I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this series turns out. I hope that they don’t skimp out on the crazy action and violence!