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Has Park Chan-Wook been approached by Spike Lee for the remake of Oldboy?

Mar. 11, 2013by:

One thing we haven't been sure of when it comes to the remake of Park Chan-Wook's OLDBOY is whether or not he is actually involved with Spike Lee's production. I'm sort of surprised this hasn't already come up, especially since the fan outcries of the remake have not been favorable. Someone let me know if the general opinion on this topic has changed.

When speaking with the director on his latest, STOKER, The Wall Street Journal wondered if Chan-Wook had been taking part in the remake:

Im involved in the film as much as how Id like if I were doing a remake of another filmmakers film, how Id like that original filmmaker to be involved in my remake. That, in other words, is nothing. Im not involved. I dont really want to know anything about it. I want to close my eyes and close my ears to the remake. I want to go to the cinema as soon as its out and I want to be amazed.

Gotta admire his positive outlook. Plus, if it is bad, he can just go back to closing his eyes and his ears. Chan-Wook is right though. If someone wants to take a work that's already been done, and redo it for whatever reason, then they should take full responsibility of it and make it their own (Did I not just say this about Whedon and Star Wars?!). There's no point in doing a remake if you are just going for the same perspective. Then there would be no point of it at all. Not to mention that the director pulled the material from Garon Tsuchiya's manga, and as I said, made it into his own vision.

I'm wondering now when we will get something from Lee's version.

Source: WSJ

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9:42AM on 03/13/2013
Just can't see this film getting the right tone through american lens. But I hope the best, and hope Spike Lee pulls it off.
Just can't see this film getting the right tone through american lens. But I hope the best, and hope Spike Lee pulls it off.
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11:22AM on 03/12/2013
He's not "involved", yeah, but Spike claims to have approached him and received his blessing.
He's not "involved", yeah, but Spike claims to have approached him and received his blessing.
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1:03AM on 03/12/2013
I agree with 25th Hour. It's amazing. Inside Man is really good too as far as Spikes later films go. I'm looking forward to this. "Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends"
I agree with 25th Hour. It's amazing. Inside Man is really good too as far as Spikes later films go. I'm looking forward to this. "Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends"
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1:26AM on 03/12/2013
Its funny... Whenever I make a toast, that's what I say and no one ever knows what the f*ck I'm talking about. It's hilarious watching the looks on their faces. And I always end with Beanie's "I'm not a talker. I'm not a talker." from Old School. lmao
Its funny... Whenever I make a toast, that's what I say and no one ever knows what the f*ck I'm talking about. It's hilarious watching the looks on their faces. And I always end with Beanie's "I'm not a talker. I'm not a talker." from Old School. lmao
2:32AM on 03/12/2013
Haha nice
Haha nice
9:40AM on 03/12/2013
dude did u just quote Fall Out Boy?
dude did u just quote Fall Out Boy?
11:43PM on 03/11/2013

Must be proud

to have created something that people want to emulate and take inspiration from. Most people would scuff of a remake of their material, touting that it is their intellectual property and vision. Wook on the other hand seems to embrace the idea that his stories and hard work have sprouted legs for themselves and taken on a new life. Even more reasons to love the guy.
to have created something that people want to emulate and take inspiration from. Most people would scuff of a remake of their material, touting that it is their intellectual property and vision. Wook on the other hand seems to embrace the idea that his stories and hard work have sprouted legs for themselves and taken on a new life. Even more reasons to love the guy.
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11:48PM on 03/11/2013
Only it's not his intellectual property. It's based on a manga of the same name.
Only it's not his intellectual property. It's based on a manga of the same name.
1:17AM on 03/12/2013
yeah, that crossed my mind as i was typing (i was unsure of the actual source material). But the point i was trying to make still stands.
yeah, that crossed my mind as i was typing (i was unsure of the actual source material). But the point i was trying to make still stands.
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10:57PM on 03/11/2013
Say what you will about Spike. 25th Hour is still my shit! (Definitely in my Top 10.) "Fuck you!"
Say what you will about Spike. 25th Hour is still my shit! (Definitely in my Top 10.) "Fuck you!"
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11:13PM on 03/11/2013
I agree with you. 25th Hour was a very underrated movie and Spike's best in my opinion.
I agree with you. 25th Hour was a very underrated movie and Spike's best in my opinion.
11:41PM on 03/11/2013
25th Hour is one of my favorite movies of all time and the 'fuck you' rant is my favorite scene in any film of all time.
25th Hour is one of my favorite movies of all time and the 'fuck you' rant is my favorite scene in any film of all time.
11:51PM on 03/11/2013
EXACTLY! Like I said def. up there in my Top 10 ALL TIME faves. :)
EXACTLY! Like I said def. up there in my Top 10 ALL TIME faves. :)
1:01AM on 03/12/2013
Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends
Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends
10:51PM on 03/11/2013
Bring on a trailer already!
Bring on a trailer already!
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10:21PM on 03/11/2013
I'm just hoping to see Josh Brolin eat a live octopus.
I'm just hoping to see Josh Brolin eat a live octopus.
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