The very words "Spike Lee's Oldboy" have been enough to rile even casual fans of 2003 Korean film by director Chan-wook Park. That movie has been solidified as a cult-classic, and the idea of an American remake - under the guidance of a divisive director like Spike Lee - has generally gone down like olive oil in a milkshake.
However, the tide of hatred directed at the Oldboy remake has been slowly abating as the film has progressed down the production pipeline. The casting of Josh Brolin (Sin City 2), Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) and Sharlto Copley (Elysium) in the principal roles instilled the first rays of hope - and the recent release of a red-band trailer showed that the dark world of Park's film would be honored in Lee's remake. Today, some hi-res images from the film continue to try to build positive momentum - while Lee gives a video interview about working with Sam Jackson again, and the actor's crazy hairstyle in the film (which you can see in the gallery below).
Check out these hi-res images from Oldboy (2013):
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Clearly the studio is trying to convert skeptical fans of the original film; most of these photos highlight iconic moments from Park's movie, including the Hallway hammer fight, the mysterious girl with the yellow umbrella, the trunk in the field - and of course, the infamous squid-eating scene. Will Josh Brolin go so far as to eat a live squid on camera? We're betting not - but we know that the scene will be getting a nice little head-nod, at the very least.
Finally, Spike Lee is featured in a brief video interview segment released by the studio; in it he talks about working with Samuel L. Jackson again and how SLJ's proclivity for wild hairstyles in his roles led to the crazy yellow hairdo scene above:
How do you feel about Oldboy at this point - willing to give it a chance, or still skeptical that anything good can come of this?
Oldboy will open in U.S. theaters on October 25th, 2013.
Source: Film District