Monahan, DiCaprio reconnect


Newly minted Oscar winner William Monahan is reteaming with "The Departed" players Leonardo DiCaprio and Vertigo Entertainment for another Hong Kong remake, a thriller titled "Confessions of Pain" for Warner Bros. Pictures, which acquired the rights to the film.

"Pain" follows two close friends, one a police detective and the other a private detective, who team to investigate the murder of the cop's father-in-law. As the investigation proceeds, they uncover evidence that shows that nothing is as it appears.

The original, released last year, was created by Alan Mak, Andrew Lau and Felix Chong, the team behind "Infernal Affairs," the Hong Kong film on which Oscar winner "Departed" was based. MediaAsia produced and financed both movies.

"Pain" is being developed as a starring vehicle for DiCaprio, who will produce via his Appian Way banner along with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

Monahan, who won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for writing "Departed," will adapt "Pain" and executive produce.

Dan Lin will oversee for Warners. Sarah Shepherd and Franklin Leonard brought the project into Appian.

"Departed" won three other Oscars on Sunday, for best picture, best editing (Thelma Schoonmaker) and best director (Martin Scorsese).

Monahan is repped by Endeavor. DiCaprio is repped by Special Artists Agency and the Firm.