Film District is launching its marketing blitz for Oldboy this week, beginning with today’s unveiling of the film’s official poster. The project – from director Spike Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) – is part American remake of the cult Korean film directed by Chan-wook Park (Stoker), part re-interpretation of the source graphic novel by Nobuaki Minegishi, and part original story content that Protosevich and Lee developed (to re-envision the movie’s foreign-language predecessor).

A red-band trailer for Oldboy will drop online this Wednesday, presumably followed by an MPAA-approved preview not long thereafter. A teaser poster for the film was glimpsed back at a test screening earlier this year, but the newly-launched one-sheet is quite different (as you can see below, following the official synopsis):

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. 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.


The above poster teases what Brolin’s character looks like after his twenty-year imprisonment, with his sunglasses and suit being an homage to the outfit worn by Min-sik Choi as the protagonist in Park’s film (the only difference is that Brolin’s “Oldboy” gets a haircut). It will be interesting to find out what are the other ways in which Lee’s movie nods/pays respect to Park’s acclaimed feature – especially with the ending, which producer Roy Lee has boasted is, in some ways, even darker than the conclusion to Park’s film (which, without spoiling anything, is really saying something).

Other members of the Oldboy cast include Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) and Samuel L. Jackson (RoboCop), each playing either a pivotal central or important supporting role in the film.

Look for Oldboy in theaters on October 25th, 2013.

Source: Film District