Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake Gets a Release Date

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Oldboy is the new project from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 25th Hour, Inside Man), based on the Japanese comic book-turned-movie adaptation from cult Korean director Park Chan-wook (Stoker).

It should come as little surprise that this movie has aroused the ire of the cinephile masses since it was announced, given that it is a Hollywood remake of an award-winning foreign-language film. Not to mention, nowadays Lee gets more attention for his outspoken political views and comments about other powerful players in the entertainment biz, rather than his films (see: the small box office returns and quiet reception for Miracle at St. Anna and Red Hook Summer).

Despite the opposition, Oldboy has come together and Lee is currently in the midst of principal photography. FilmDistrict is distributing and has scheduled the project to begin a theatrical release on October 11th next year. While Oldboy (for the time being) has no direct competition during its opening weekend, it will have to square off against the second weekend of both Paranoia (starring Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth) and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

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.

The Oldboy cast also includes familiar faces of the Lee movie-universe (such as Samuel L. Jackson and James Ransone) in supporting roles, in addition to the aforementioned acclaimed actors.

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Josh Brolin is Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

There are a handful of reasons to at least be intrigued (if not necessarily excited) to see Oldboy, not least of which is because the script was not conceived by Lee; hence, this shouldn’t follow the trend of the filmmaker’s weaker efforts, wherein he prioritizes good storytelling behind sermonizing. Moreover, the screenplay by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, Thor) take elements from both the source material and Chan-wook’s adaptation, while adding new material that includes an ending being trumped up as even darker than the original conclusion.

Now, that does not mean Oldboy won’t cover recurring issues explored throughout Lee’s past work, such as social-inequality and racial tensions in America; on the contrary, this should still feel like a Spike Lee ‘joint’, both stylistically and thematically. However, when the filmmaker isn’t attempting to force lessons on viewers (and instead, let them arise organically from the narrative), his ‘joints’ usually prove to be powerful pieces of cinema. So that alone provides reason to be optimistic about Oldboy.

Look for Oldboy when it opens in U.S. theaters on October 11th, 2013.


Source: FilmDistrict

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  1. I will remain optimistic but I still do not see the draw for this film. The original had some excellent fight sequences but the overall plot left a bad taste in my mouth. It is just not for me. I doubt Spike Lee will deliver an ending or plot that is any less gross or disturbing than the original, in fact it seems he will go even more gross and disturbing. Because I already know the story I MAY rent it, maybe. To each his own I guess…..

    • Old boy is meant to leave a bad taste in your mouth. It’s a film about how destructive vengeance is.

      • you´ve stolen the words from my mouth,it really does leave a bad taste in your mouth,like you mentioned. and by the way, josh brolin looks the part,and the bad hair fits good to the corean actors iconic hair-cut.

        • oh, it´s not an official pic, that pic is from -true grit-,my fault.

        • glad you mentioned josh brolin,not that I am a massive fan but I can tell he takes his work very seriously and yes I am optimistic also.love the work from spike lee…………………hay we all love the original but this sounds like its actually more true to the comic book and there for should be aloud to stand alone in its own right

  2. Oldboy is not for the squeamish, don’t expect a conventional action movie with even a glimpse of happiness. I loved the original, and seeing the cast and director for this I’m excited.

  3. Old Boy is a very weird movie that feels more like an experimental stage play than an actual movie. Seeing it once was enough for me. I didn’t really enjoy it and I have no interest in seeing an americanized remake.

  4. Not a fan of either Spike Lee or the original Oldboy. Just plain weird, and I just can’t understand why it got the hype it did.

  5. The new Oldboy’s ending will not trump the original. There are certain elements in the old version which just can’t be touched. The movies a classic and to remake it is simply an insult. Do we see people remaking “The Sound of Music”? No, we don’t.

    • but it´s at first a manga comic book, and another director has the artistical choice to bring his vision from the manga to life,no matter how iconic and good the original was. the most important is the choice of -josh brolin-, he plays strong and tragical characters very good.

  6. I was hesitant at first, but so far all the right moves have been made. Its a good cast and Spike Lee seems to be handling it well. I’ll want to see it out of seer interest, but the more i’m hearing the more optimistic i am that it will actually hold up to the original.

    Much like “Let Me In” and “The Karate Kid”

  7. I loved the original Oldboy but will withhold judgment until I’ve seen it, The Departed was a remake of Infernal Affairs and that is now one of the best gangster movies I’ve ever seen!

    • yes it was truly one of the best gangster/cop movies. i did even found it better than the original.

    • What you just said actually gives me some hope for this film. The Departed was a foreign remake and it was SO GOOD. It could happen again

  8. This movie had me all mesmerized and suspend in air. I watched it 3 times in last 3 years, and affected me the same way each time.

  9. For the genre, Oldboy is considered a classic. Asian Extreme movies are meant to be disturbing and Oldboy did that.

    Yeah, there are a few remakes that are done well, but that is the far minority. In my opinion, and in most cases, this money could be spent on creative new ideas. How about a new, updated Dinosaur blockbuster? What about historical or fantasy like Gladiator, Apacalypto, Troy… Mesapotamia, Ancient Egypt? Future, space, aliens? More movies based on best-selling books?

    I mean, Hunger Games was a lame tweener version of the incredible and far more realistic Battle Royale. Conan the Barbarian and Total Recall, The Karate Kid, Clash of the Titans, Willy Wonka, Planet of the Apes remakes… why, Hollywood, why? Digital mastery and social advertising might sell more tickets, but it doesn’t make a film better.

    There’s a reason why remakes are made. Because they’re good! Watch the originals, people.