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Kickass Korean action film The Villainess to be adapted for American TV

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According to Deadline, Skybound Entertainment—the studio launched by The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman—has picked up the U.S. TV rights to Jung Byung-gil’s Korean action movie The Villainess. The plan, unsurprisingly, is to remake the original as a TV show, with Jung Byung-gil on board to direct the pilot episode. The movie centered on Sook-hee, a female assassin in South Korea who tries to settle down and get out of the assassin business, and it revolved around the sort of twisty assassin lore and mythology that happens to be all the rage these days. It was also gleefully violent in a way that might not survive the transition to TV, but that might depend on where this ends up.

Deadline says the TV version will center on an assassin named Anes who was raised to be a killer in Los Angeles, but it does say she was at least born in Korea and that the plot will involve her returning to Korea, so this won’t be one of those remakes that’s all about white people.

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