Universal & 87North Set For Western Adaptation Of Mrs K

After the release of Bullet Train, 87North has set its sights on its next action offering with a western re-imagining of the 2016 Malaysian-Hong Kong cult hit, Mrs K.

According to Deadline, this project will be developed through the production company’s first-look deal at Universal, and they have found a writer.

Mishna Wolff, best known as an author for her memoir, I’m Down, has been tasked to adapt the film for western audiences. After her debut script for the Netflix horror-comedy Werewolves Within, which received plenty of critical love following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

I’ve just heard of Mrs K, but it’s described as a fast-paced, darkly humourous, Quentin Tarantino-esque martial arts thriller about a domestic goddess. However, when Mrs K’s past life catches up with her and threatens her family, we witness an unlikely heroine.

The film will be produced by 87North’s Kelly McCormick and David Leitch, with original films director Ho Yuhang attached alongside Lorna Tee through their Paperheart Limited production will serve as Executive Producers with Conor Zorn.

What’s less known is if Leitch will direct or hand the reigns to another filmmaker as he did a stellar job on Hobbs and Shaw, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and most recently, Bullet Train.

Despite being number one at the US box office for the past two weeks, the money it’s making is disappointing. The film has everything from an entertaining summer blockbuster – it’s fun, funny with some fantastic action and cracking performances from Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry.

However, it has currently (as of August 16) only grossed $114 million worldwide, via Box Office Mojo, on a rumoured $90 million budget. It’s likely that Sony will be making a loss, and it’s a shame.

Returning to Mrs K, I could see this being female-directed. I’m ultimately happy to be getting more female-led action films because Atomic Blonde and, the Martin Campbell-directed, The Protégé starring Maggie Q are fantastic.

The next 87North project set for release is Universal’s Christmas action flick, Violent Night, which stars David Harbour as Santa Claus. He must save a wealthy family on Christmas Eve from a group of mercenaries. It comes out on December 2.

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