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Josh Brolin gets the lead in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake

Aug. 29, 2011by: Niki Stephens

After some speculation, it looks like Josh Brolin will in fact take the lead in Spike Lee's remake of OLDBOY.

Josh Brolin? Awesome. OLDBOY remake? *grumble, grumble, grumble*

I thought they had him in mind for the role of Woo-jin, the man behind the imprisonment of Dae-su but I suppose that wouldn't make much sense. Woo-jin is a much younger character. So Brolin gets to wear the shoes once filled by the amazing Choi Min-sik? It should be interesting to see what Brolin brings to the role.

Lee hopes to begin filming March of 2012. The story, "centers on a man who is kidnapped on his daughters birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life."

There's been word that the new script from Mark Protosevich (I AM LEGEND, THE CELL) will contain some new material but will remain faithful to the original manga. Influence will also come from Park Chan-wook's 2003 film.

Source: Deadline

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3:58PM on 08/30/2011
So is Spike Lee remaking the Korean version of Oldboy and will not be doing anything that has to do with Oldboy comic? That's comforting.
So is Spike Lee remaking the Korean version of Oldboy and will not be doing anything that has to do with Oldboy comic? That's comforting.
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2:58PM on 08/30/2011
oh shit i like this casting, but i dont know about Spike Lee
oh shit i like this casting, but i dont know about Spike Lee
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11:38AM on 08/30/2011

I don't get it..

I often hear people hating on remakes because they adore the original so much and they feel it will be destroyed. Doesn't the original material remain unchanged regardless of the remake? It may even have positive impact on original if remake is crappy such as being mentioned in critics' review for comparison. Not to mention it brings new audiences who've never heard of the film before.
I often hear people hating on remakes because they adore the original so much and they feel it will be destroyed. Doesn't the original material remain unchanged regardless of the remake? It may even have positive impact on original if remake is crappy such as being mentioned in critics' review for comparison. Not to mention it brings new audiences who've never heard of the film before.
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7:25PM on 08/30/2011
Well said. Again, I have no problem if people want to complain because they don't like Spike Lee or something. But to be indignant about another Oldboy being made just seemes illogical to me.
Well said. Again, I have no problem if people want to complain because they don't like Spike Lee or something. But to be indignant about another Oldboy being made just seemes illogical to me.
11:13AM on 08/30/2011
Okay, I'm beginning to, against all odds, be intrigued by this, if only in a novel fashion. Brolin could be perfect casting, if that term even exists with relation to this project. I'm more curious what Spike Lee might see in the material than I am with defending the awesome Korean film's sanctity, since I don't usually believe in such things.

I mean, Spielberg and Smith were all wrong, too mainstream. But Lee and Brolin are edgy enough to make this potentially work.
Okay, I'm beginning to, against all odds, be intrigued by this, if only in a novel fashion. Brolin could be perfect casting, if that term even exists with relation to this project. I'm more curious what Spike Lee might see in the material than I am with defending the awesome Korean film's sanctity, since I don't usually believe in such things.

I mean, Spielberg and Smith were all wrong, too mainstream. But Lee and Brolin are edgy enough to make this potentially work.
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10:24AM on 08/30/2011
Apparently Christian Bale has been offered the Villain's Role in the flick so that makes it quite cool.
Apparently Christian Bale has been offered the Villain's Role in the flick so that makes it quite cool.
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6:44AM on 08/30/2011
he should make Goonies 2 instead.
he should make Goonies 2 instead.
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1:05AM on 08/30/2011
I don't like this casting. I like Josh Brolin, but not for this role. I prefer for the film not to be made, and at least a different actor.
I don't like this casting. I like Josh Brolin, but not for this role. I prefer for the film not to be made, and at least a different actor.
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12:59AM on 08/30/2011
Look, I love Oldboy like the next Schmoe. And if Mr. Lee makes this remake a lame, tame version it'll be highly uncool.
Nonetheless, I am excited about this project for 2 reasons:
1. There are some very talented people involved.
2. I love the story of Oldboy, and I would love to see another incarnation of it. Plus, Oldboy is a film about revenge and revenge speaks many languages so it might just work.
Look, I love Oldboy like the next Schmoe. And if Mr. Lee makes this remake a lame, tame version it'll be highly uncool.
Nonetheless, I am excited about this project for 2 reasons:
1. There are some very talented people involved.
2. I love the story of Oldboy, and I would love to see another incarnation of it. Plus, Oldboy is a film about revenge and revenge speaks many languages so it might just work.
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11:10PM on 08/29/2011
Spike Lee is seriously over-rated as a director, Josh Brolin is a half step below Nic Cage's "acting" ability, and remakes suck donkey dong. Put them all together and you have this soon-to-be shitfest.
Bon Apetit.
Spike Lee is seriously over-rated as a director, Josh Brolin is a half step below Nic Cage's "acting" ability, and remakes suck donkey dong. Put them all together and you have this soon-to-be shitfest.
Bon Apetit.
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12:43AM on 08/30/2011
I disagree. Spike Lee is certainly inconsistent in picking scripts, but as a director he's actually got a surprising amount of style that will be well suited for this remake (see: Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Man).
I disagree. Spike Lee is certainly inconsistent in picking scripts, but as a director he's actually got a surprising amount of style that will be well suited for this remake (see: Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Man).
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11:09PM on 08/29/2011

I don't understand...

Why anybody can give this anything close to pass...this is fucking bullshit. Why does Hollywood feel the need to ruin everything with a [link] feel like by the time im 30 I wont be a film buff anymore
Why anybody can give this anything close to pass...this is fucking bullshit. Why does Hollywood feel the need to ruin everything with a [link] feel like by the time im 30 I wont be a film buff anymore
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12:40AM on 08/30/2011
How does remaking a movie ruin anything? The original will always exist just as it is. I'll take an American remake of a foreign film any day over a terrible sequel, a too-soon reboot, or worse, a George Lucas special edition.
How does remaking a movie ruin anything? The original will always exist just as it is. I'll take an American remake of a foreign film any day over a terrible sequel, a too-soon reboot, or worse, a George Lucas special edition.
9:38PM on 08/29/2011
I have no idea what to think of this movie. I'm actually one of the few people who enjoyed the first movie, but is still open to a remake. Unfortunately I'm really not a fan of Spike Lee for director, yet I'm intrigued by the casting of Brolin, who you can hate all you want, is really not a bad replacement.
I have no idea what to think of this movie. I'm actually one of the few people who enjoyed the first movie, but is still open to a remake. Unfortunately I'm really not a fan of Spike Lee for director, yet I'm intrigued by the casting of Brolin, who you can hate all you want, is really not a bad replacement.
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8:08PM on 08/29/2011
It was a manga first, and the original movie was NOTHING like it. This is gonna be a very different movie, more faithul to the original source material. Get over it.
It was a manga first, and the original movie was NOTHING like it. This is gonna be a very different movie, more faithul to the original source material. Get over it.
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8:30PM on 08/29/2011
Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein were not like the source material either. Yet the movies stand on their own as classics. If someone tried to remake Oz more faithful, they would be shot. Even though I would like to see it.
Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein were not like the source material either. Yet the movies stand on their own as classics. If someone tried to remake Oz more faithful, they would be shot. Even though I would like to see it.
7:24PM on 08/30/2011
But you admit you'd like to see it. My point is, it's ridiculous to say "this movie shouldn't be made" on the account of the original movie. Now, if someone has a problem with Spike Lee directing, that's different. But I don't understand how people think the original Oldboy was such a classic that a truer interpretation is blasphemous.
But you admit you'd like to see it. My point is, it's ridiculous to say "this movie shouldn't be made" on the account of the original movie. Now, if someone has a problem with Spike Lee directing, that's different. But I don't understand how people think the original Oldboy was such a classic that a truer interpretation is blasphemous.
7:58PM on 08/29/2011

I'm down

I've yet to see the original film but it is on my instant que on Netflix. I've heard nothing but good/great things so I'm looking forward to it. I'm hip to seeing this remake too as I have no issues with seeing these things Americanized. A good movie is a good movie.

I'm definitely there if Bale does become attached as well.
I've yet to see the original film but it is on my instant que on Netflix. I've heard nothing but good/great things so I'm looking forward to it. I'm hip to seeing this remake too as I have no issues with seeing these things Americanized. A good movie is a good movie.

I'm definitely there if Bale does become attached as well.
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11:28PM on 08/29/2011
Don't watch it on instant because its dubbed to english. U have to see the korean version w subtitles.
Don't watch it on instant because its dubbed to english. U have to see the korean version w subtitles.
7:23PM on 08/29/2011
Studios need to get a clue. Nobody wants these americanized versions of popular foreign films. Even if they're good, like "Let Me In", they just seem like a re-hash of what we've already scene. Few hardly ever make a lot of money at the box office. I honestly have no idea why talent like Lee and Brolin would want to be involved in this remake.
Studios need to get a clue. Nobody wants these americanized versions of popular foreign films. Even if they're good, like "Let Me In", they just seem like a re-hash of what we've already scene. Few hardly ever make a lot of money at the box office. I honestly have no idea why talent like Lee and Brolin would want to be involved in this remake.
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7:37PM on 08/29/2011
We've already scene or SEEN? :)
We've already scene or SEEN? :)
7:54PM on 08/29/2011
This just isn't true. Let Me In didn't fail because it was a remake because, well, not a very large portion of the American movie going crowd even got a look at Let The Right One In. Same will go for this one. If it bombs, it won't be because of the fact that its an Americanized remake.
This just isn't true. Let Me In didn't fail because it was a remake because, well, not a very large portion of the American movie going crowd even got a look at Let The Right One In. Same will go for this one. If it bombs, it won't be because of the fact that its an Americanized remake.
9:41PM on 08/29/2011
Yeah, I'm with Aba-DaBa-Tua on this, I don't think that's why Let Me In failed.

Besides, these Americanized remakes aren't ALL bad, The Deperated rocked.
Yeah, I'm with Aba-DaBa-Tua on this, I don't think that's why Let Me In failed.

Besides, these Americanized remakes aren't ALL bad, The Deperated rocked.
6:49PM on 08/29/2011
so which actress will they get now for that pivotal role, it's a bold role kinda like lisbeth especially if they stick to the original.
so which actress will they get now for that pivotal role, it's a bold role kinda like lisbeth especially if they stick to the original.
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6:47PM on 08/29/2011
can you guys insert 'unnecessary' before 'oldboy remake' in every article from now on?
can you guys insert 'unnecessary' before 'oldboy remake' in every article from now on?
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6:46PM on 08/29/2011
dumb
dumb
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6:00PM on 08/29/2011
Or, heres a thought, I read somewhere that Hollywood used to make original movies. They would write, develop and create NEW material. Brolin, Bale (rumor), Spike Lee can they not come up with something new for these guys?
What kind of careers are todays stars going to have when they look back on their lives? Remakes and re-imaginings.
I have nothing against anyone involved in this project, but I am getting tired of this approach in general. Same goes with Dragon Tattoo some great film
Or, heres a thought, I read somewhere that Hollywood used to make original movies. They would write, develop and create NEW material. Brolin, Bale (rumor), Spike Lee can they not come up with something new for these guys?
What kind of careers are todays stars going to have when they look back on their lives? Remakes and re-imaginings.
I have nothing against anyone involved in this project, but I am getting tired of this approach in general. Same goes with Dragon Tattoo some great film makers involved in that project, yet it will forever be tainted as a remake.
Oldboy isnt even that old!!! And it was released in North America!!!!!!
Gawd.
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5:54PM on 08/29/2011
Still not thrilled about Spike Lee doing this, but Brolin is good news. If they stick to the source, then maybe they can pull it off, but it's going to be a challenge. We'll see, I guess.
Still not thrilled about Spike Lee doing this, but Brolin is good news. If they stick to the source, then maybe they can pull it off, but it's going to be a challenge. We'll see, I guess.
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5:37PM on 08/29/2011

Yeah......

Their going to change the ending. Just don't see them staying true to the original.
Their going to change the ending. Just don't see them staying true to the original.
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6:50PM on 08/29/2011
Yeah if not changing it, would be the only thing that would impress me about this unnecessary re-make at all.
Yeah if not changing it, would be the only thing that would impress me about this unnecessary re-make at all.
7:11PM on 08/29/2011
I agree there is no way they are keeping the original plot. Americans just cannot handle it, can you imagine the Right Wingers...Protest!
If you have not seen the original I suggest you do it soon before they ruin it.
I agree there is no way they are keeping the original plot. Americans just cannot handle it, can you imagine the Right Wingers...Protest!
If you have not seen the original I suggest you do it soon before they ruin it.
5:27PM on 08/29/2011
didn't think we needed this...at all. but brolin is great
didn't think we needed this...at all. but brolin is great
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5:24PM on 08/29/2011
I love Brolin, and if they get Bale as the villain (which is only a rumor I think) the casting for this automatically puts my ass in a theater seat. Not sure about Spike Lee directing though and worried they will lose too much of the darkness of the original.
I love Brolin, and if they get Bale as the villain (which is only a rumor I think) the casting for this automatically puts my ass in a theater seat. Not sure about Spike Lee directing though and worried they will lose too much of the darkness of the original.
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5:16PM on 08/29/2011

Heh.

Brolin's awesome.
Brolin's awesome.
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5:16PM on 08/29/2011

Hmmm

Ok Spike you've got my attention. I still think this is a bad idea but I'll hold off any hate until further notice. Although I am worried about the 'New Matarial.' and what that will mean.
Ok Spike you've got my attention. I still think this is a bad idea but I'll hold off any hate until further notice. Although I am worried about the 'New Matarial.' and what that will mean.
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5:08PM on 08/29/2011
This sucks! Burn in hell Hollywood and all involved in this film...vote Quimby!
This sucks! Burn in hell Hollywood and all involved in this film...vote Quimby!
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