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OLDBOY 2013 Poster

What will Spike Lee bring to the story?

By Robert T. Trate     July 09, 2013
Source: FilmDistrict

When I heard that they were remaking Chan-wook Park’s OLDBOY (2003) I’ll admit that I was hesitant. Now if anything I am just curious to see how they change the film. The original film is already a classic. What will Spike Lee bring to the table to deliver the same punch? Here is the official one-sheet poster for the new film. The logo itself is Josh Brolin’s own handwriting. 

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. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, OLDBOY was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane.

OLDBOY, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley. The film is written by Mark Protosevich and directed by Spike Lee.

OLDBOY opens October 25, 2013 in theatres.

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Sanity 7/9/2013 9:14:35 AM

 What happened to Will Smith in this?  And I just can't believe they'll leave the story the same.

almostunbiased 7/9/2013 9:39:42 AM

The original movie is unreal good and yet just a horrible story.  Made me sick to watch it, and yet it was so good I couldn't stop.  Has perhaps one of the best fight scenes of any movie I have ever seen.  With one of the longest cuts, never leaving the same camera the whole while the fight goes on and he kicks the crap out of 30-40 guys in a tight hallway.  When the movie ended and I saw the footprints in the snow, I just sat and stared at the credits wondering what I just saw, not sure if I could put it into words or not.  The ending is perhaps the most disturbing I have ever seen in any movie.  I am totally for redoing movies, especially older classics whose story needs to be seen by a new generation, a generation that doesn't look back at older black and white films.  But Oldboy isn't an old movie.  Nor do I think that any director is going to make it better than it already was.

aegrant 7/9/2013 10:18:18 AM

 Hmm, I really like the original. So i don't know about thisone.

I've even read where Josh and Spike have talked with the original director because they wanted to keep the look and feel true to the original - but maybe because the original is not that old and it was a very good movie (IMHO) I have a low expectation for this film. I see it being like the remake of "let the right one in" not a bad movie but the original was still fresh in my mind, so i liked it better.

samson 7/9/2013 10:49:39 AM

 In Spike I trust.

Tevii 7/9/2013 12:26:31 PM

Too bad ill never see this in the theater. Refuse to finance a film by the racist POS director

fft5305 7/9/2013 2:29:56 PM

I finally saw the original a few weeks back. I think it's pretty solid. Not sure why it needs to be remade. Spike Lee was an odd choice to direct. I'll have to see a preview before I decide whether I'm willing to give it a shot...

DarthBob 7/9/2013 4:31:54 PM

@Tevii...totally agree, he's as racist as they come and he's not getting a dime of my cash; besides, no way this will be as good as the original.

SeriousYelder 7/10/2013 4:52:13 AM

 Spike Lee honestly is the obvious choice for a movie such as Oldboy that was originally known for its unique cinematography. With his unique camera perspectives I think he will do more than justice to the original movie, but really the manga from which it came (as we forget). And we all know Spike is not advesre to doing rated R movies, so I think we can expect the brutality of the original film being held together. This story definitely needed to be re-made in order to bring it to/make it more accessible to an American audience.

isgrimner 7/10/2013 7:14:52 AM

I'm probably in the minority but I just didn't care for the original.  I remember a few years ago it was recommended to me a lot so I watched it.  I just figured the fact I didn't really like it to difference in culture and some of the main plot points seeming far fetched to me, though truth to tell I don't recall the details that well now. 

CyanideRush 7/10/2013 10:26:24 AM

 I don't think they have the balls to do it, but wouldn't it be so amazing if they shocked america by sticking with the original ending? I'd see it in theaters more than once (even if it was bad) just to watch the audience reactions to the reveal. ha!

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