Spike Lee’s ‘Old Boy’ To Be Distributed By FilmDistrict

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The American Oldboy (with the tweaked title Old Boy) is inching closer to reality, now that FilmDistrict has signed up to distribute director Spike Lee’s latest “joint” domestically.

Lee is producing Old Boy through his 40 Acres & A Mule banner, alongside Vertigo Entertainment heads Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Grudge, The Departed) as well as Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane (Juno, 50/50). Other personnel include FilmDistrict’s CEO Peter Schlessel and John P. Middleton as executive producers – with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend, Thor) also onboard as a co-producer.

A Hollywood take on Oldboy has long been the source of irritation for fans of Chan-wook Park’s cult classic film (based on the manga), despite the prestigious collection of directors shortlisted for the project at one time or another. A version with Steven Spielberg directing and Will Smith starring teetered on the edge of coming together, but fell apart before pre-production got fully underway; such directors as Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) were considered thereafter. Spike Lee landed the job last year – and since then, the cast has coalesced at a steady(ish) pace.

Here is an official synopsis for the film:

OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive.  When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

Previous Spike Lee collaborators Samuel L. Jackson and Nate Parker are inking deals to round out the supporting cast – though, there are still several additional minor roles to fill before production gets underway next month.

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Josh Brolin is Spike Lee’s ‘Old Boy’

Old Boy gets its title from the original comic book; the script by Protosevich also incorporates certain elements from the source material that were absent in Park’s adaptation, while adding brand-new material (like a “darker” conclusion) that is meant to better re-contextualize the story for an American setting. Once Spike Lee puts his artistic spin on some of the more iconic moments from Park’s film, the two Oldboy adaptations should bear even less of a surface resemblance.

However, one matter that raises concern is Old Boy‘s apparent difficulty in securing an actor and actress for the villain and female lead. Oscar-nominees Rooney Mara and Clive Owen, as well as Oscar-winner Colin Firth, all passed for one reason or another – whether it was due to scheduling conflicts, other priorities, or issues with the script, is the question.

We will let you know when Old Boy secures an official release date.


Source: FilmDistrict

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  1. I’ll never totally accept this remake, I don’t get the necessity to remake good foreign films in an American setting, but it seems like they’re treating this film with care.

    • Well, I can definitely understand hesitation about wanting to see a good foreign or indie film “ruined” with a Hollywood adaptation, but the thing is, the studios want to make money, and I personally thing it is better to make a fair amount of money remaking amazing films into good or even great versions marketed for a broader U.S. audience than releasing drivel such as the Twilight saga or rushed sequels that make smart audiences hesitant to invest in certain characters or universes.

    • Because your average person is never going to watch the original.

    • garbage. so disrespectful and selfish.

  2. Why not? Why is this even a question? There is no more creativity. So.. why not reboot everything? What’s wrong w/ that? Aren’t we already at a stage where everything is being rebooted from already rebooted material?

    • i see movie making as art and other directors are creating their own vision from a beloved movie to enjoy or not-enjoy the movie. i´ve watched -total recall- twice now and it´s good in his own style.

      • correction:….to enjoy or not-enjoy the audience for the movie.

  3. i like josh brolin, i wish him that his star and starpower rises more after this movie. man, this guy has olded badly and he is not that old,he hasn´t get the good d.n.a of his father

  4. Why remake a classic foreign film? Let alone being remade by one of the most racist man alive in Hollywood.

    • bc they want to get into that genre to make money but in actuality they are ruining it. they don’t care though because they are making money and that’s all that matters. selfish.

  5. I’ve read the manga and it’s very far from Park’s version of Oldboy. The only similar was where the protagonist is held captive for how many years and is released and the girl and antagonist shows up. The journey and the ending was really different, also the manga’s ending fell flat. it was really silly. And no action scenes in the manga. So it was really different from the source material. And Lee’s Oldboy will only be a remake if it is very similar to Park’s version of Oldboy (ala Fincher’s A Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was clearly a remake!). But if Lee’s take would be his adaptation of the source material, the manga, then I’m all for it.

  6. Quit apologizing for bad Hollywood remakes, guys. Park Chan Wook didn’t adapt the manga faithfully, but he brought a visceral portrait to cinema that we will never get from movies like Expendables 2. That hallway fight with Choi Min Sik? How are you going to top that let alone him eating a live squid? Looking forward to seeing what Brolin eats.. and if it has 8 legs, then Lee took the easy way out.

  7. That is such garbage. As someone who even mildly watches movies and hardly critiques, I have been getting more into foreign films. Oldboy is a classic and remaking it will just be an insult. It will never be as good as Park’s no matter who directs it period.

    Highly highly disappointed. Just a way to dive into the korean film side and ruin their classics. Disgraceful.

  8. Remakes of foreign films do work sometimes, look at The Departed, that was a remake of Infernal Affairs and is one the best gangster movies ever made!