Spike Lee's OLDBOY Picked Up For U.S. Distribution

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Whether we want it or not, Spike Lee's Oldboy will be coming to America.

FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is set to begin shooting this month, with a cast led by Josh Brolin as an ad executive, Elizabeth Olsen as a social worker, and Sharlto Copley as the villain. Samuel L. Jackson has a small but crucial role. Bruce Hornsby will compose the musical score.

Lee's latest fiction feature, Red Hook Summer, got roughed up by critics; our own Christopher Bourne described it as "a frustratingly uneven, chaotically messy film." In contrast, his new documentary, Bad 25, which seeks to reclaim the artistry of Michael Jackson, met with very positive buzz at the Venice Film Festival. At this point of Lee's career, he could deliver a massive mainstream disappointment or a surprisingly dark thriller.

Much will depend, obviously, on the script by Mark Protosevich, whose credits include The Cell, Poseidon, and I Am Legend. Will it provide its own spin on the original manga and the first filmed adaptation by Park Chan-wook? Will it be as brutal and violent in spirit, if not in explicit detail, as Park's diabolically punishing creation? Will hammers come back into fashion as instruments for meting out revenge?

We shall see.

Around the Internet:
  • agreed with ultimo

    Honestly, Park's Oldboy is a work of art that should be left untouched. By all means Spike Lee has his perks. He's good in his own way. But Park's Oldboy is NOT just a film that was a hit at the box offices, it has so much more meaning embedded into it. There is no space for American sentiment that can replace the one that Oldboy already encapsulates and Spike Lee is definitely not exactly capable of doing this either. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it turns out but I am already greatly disappointed that someone would even attempt to remake this film. Films that are remade are mostly films that made great commercial profit. Oldboy isn't just something that can be remade--the philosophies, the social commentaries, the art of it all.. oh did I forget to mention Choi Min Sik's acting? Yeah, good luck finding someone that can exceed THAT expectation.

    I MEAN COME ONNNNNNN NOW!

  • ULTIMO

    I hope everyone involved gets a flesh eating disease or just has really really bad luck.

    Don't remake things that can't be bettered

  • VyceVictus

    Sounds like you want it to fail, just because it is a remake.

    *Inflammatory statement*

blog comments powered by Disqus
​​