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Spike Lee Directing Oldboy Remake?
Update: He's signed on...

11 July 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Twitch

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Spike Lee Directing Oldboy Remake?

Update: Lee is no longer in talks, because he's officially signed on to direct the remake, according to the LA Times.

The mooted effort from Steven Spielberg and Will Smith eventually came to nothing, but if we must still have a new, American Oldboy, we reckon Spike Lee is at least a promising choice to direct.

Oldboy, you'll be well aware, currently exists as a hammer-wielding, octopus-bothering South Korean revenge epic, thrown raging at the screen by Park Chan-wook in 2003. It stars Choi Min-Sik as protagonist Oh Dae-su, released from a fifteen-year imprisonment and looking for some serious answers with a sharp new suit and a mobile phone, and is the middle instalment of Park's Vengeance Trilogy, in between Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and Lady Vengeance.

Lee is currently in talks with Mandate Pictures, who are attempting once again to put a package together. The script remains the one Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) wrote for the old regime, with Roy Lee and Doug Davidson producing. 

It's worth noting that technically, what's on the cards here isn't a remake of Park's film, but a new movie adapted from the original manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. The comics stretch to eight volumes originally released over two years in the 1990s, and don't bear a great resemblance to the movie we already have. So bemoan the need for an American version all you like, but there is potential for a significantly different and equally valid film here, especially with the right director guiding it.

There's no word so far on whether Smith is still interested. More news as we get it.


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RE: Please keep the fuck away from remaking this film!
L: Snake-Eyes Tahoma"]It's a never-ending argument this one isn't it? hello stophollywoodreamkes (great username!). I've mentioned this before elsewhere; remakes don't bother me anymore. Will the sudden (and primarily unwanted) appearance of a 'Hollywood remake' diminish your love for the original? No. Of course not. And it's pointless nutting the wall over it. The film studios are in business. Business means making b]. That's all that matters to them so remakes, reboots, sequels More

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RE: Please keep the fuck away from remaking this film!
Tahoma"]It's a never-ending argument this one isn't it? hello stophollywoodreamkes (great username!). I've mentioned this before elsewhere; remakes don't bother me anymore. Will the sudden (and primarily unwanted) appearance of a 'Hollywood remake' diminish your love for the original? No. Of course not. And it's pointless nutting the wall over it. The film studios are in business. Business means making b]. That's all that matters to them so remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, re-imaginin More

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I know Newt, so am I. More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 17:09 on 16 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Please keep the fuck away from remaking this film!
L: stophollywoodreamkes I'm boycotting this myself. I don't want to see a classic remade. I understand they want to focus more on the manga. but still it sits uneasy with me. I love Park's Oldboy and will forever. at my poster of it for hours everydayease Mr. Lee fuck off, and go write a movie, because you're a great director and can do that. Thank you ipley......I'm scared More

Posted by gazpop at 16:53 on 16 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Please keep the fuck away from remaking this film!
I'm boycotting this myself. I don't want to see a classic remade. I understand they want to focus more on the manga. but still it sits uneasy with me. I love Park's Oldboy and will forever. I stare at my poster of it for hours everyday. So please Mr. Lee fuck off, and go write a movie, because you're a great director and can do that. Thank you More

Posted by stophollywoodreamkes at 03:13 on 15 October 2011 | Report This Post

Please keep the fuck away from remaking this film!
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no noooooooooo! Can't they think of anything original they always have to remake films because americans are too pathetic to be bothered to read subtitles! Nooooooooooooooo! More

Posted by 123allsystemsgo at 17:00 on 12 July 2011 | Report This Post

More people should just see the original, a remake whould be a piontless exercise because noone wants to see it and especially with Spike Lee directing, I just get a bad feeling about it altogether. More

Posted by Dr Yakubu at 13:04 on 12 July 2011 | Report This Post

Let's not get our panties in a bunch.
I love Oldboy. Love it. But, a new adaptation of the same material might also be cool. I think we need to wait to see how Fincher's 'Girl Who...' comes out to see if this style of production will catch on. Potentially, it could be the new thing, as we've seen in the last decade with 'Reboots'. More

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They'd have to cut half the stuff anyway. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 17:02 on 08 July 2011 | Report This Post

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I normally don't mind remakes, but Oldboy has a special place in my heart as a film that can simply not be redone- its just too perfect! That being said, I haven't actually read the original manga (will get to it eventually) and therefore wouldn't mind another fresh adaptation of that. More

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Why do they always do this ome bloody original stories, please. More

Posted by wesleyjordan at 22:07 on 07 July 2011 | Report This Post

Don't do it, hollywood does not have the balls or skill to pull it off. More

Posted by DMonkey77 at 18:23 on 07 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Spike Lee Directing Oldboy Remake?
I dont mind seeing a reimagining/reboot/fresh adaptation on movies and stories where there can be room for improvement. The new Millenium trilogy along with Oldboy are new movies with already fantastically and critically aclaimed versions in place. The problem I have is why fix something thats not broke! If Oldboy had turned out to be a turkey and and moveie that was poorly represented, I could understand the remake or Americanisation of it. What annoyed me recently was Matt Reeves with More

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