EXCLUSIVE: Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales have been set by Sony Pictures to write and direct a remake of the 2009 Hong Kong-French thriller Vengeance. Sony Pictures has acquired the underlying material and hired the duo for a film that Matt Tolmach will produce with Michele & Laurent Petin. Latter are the original rights holders and producers.
Papushado & Keshales are Israeli filmmakers whose 2010 debut Rabies was followed by Big Bad Wolves, a revenge tale that Quentin Tarantino called his favorite of 2013. It was acquired and released by Magnolia’s Magnet last January.
The Johnnie To-directed Vengeance is about a French chef who swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter’s family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hitmen working for the mafia.
It is the first Hollywood studio job for Papushado & Keshales, who are repped by WME, Anonymous Content, attorneys Cuffe Owens and Eric Suddleson and Tel Aviv-based ADD Agency. Here is a trailer for their last film Big Bad Wolves: