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Oldboy remake back on and looking to Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn, and Danny Boyle as possible helmers

11.08.2010

Talk of an OLDBOY remake is back.

Remember when Will Smith and Steven Spielberg were working together to make an American version of OLDBOY happen? Okay well, according to them it was more like an adaptation of the original manga. Eventually the two went their separate ways and the talk just died out. Until today...

According to a tweet from Pajiba, Mandate Pictures is ready to turn in a draft from writer Mark Protosevich (THE CELL, I AM LEGEND, THOR). They say that the script will go out to directors Spielberg and Matthew Vaughn. If they turn it down they will send it to Danny Boyle.

/Film reported the side note that the producers do not have the script in their possession yet. It's added that the above directors are part of a "wishlist".

I find it sort of funny that if Spielberg and Vaughn pass on it that they will let Boyle have it. Why can't they just send it out to all three and see who bites first? Then base the decision on who offers the best treatment of the film. Actually there's something more funny than that--Will Smith in a role originally played by Min-sik Choi baffles me.

Who knows if Smith will get another offer for the part. I hope he doesn't.

Extra Tidbit: Do you want a remake/adaptation/whateverthef*ck of OLDBOY?
Source: Pajiba

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10:42PM on 11/09/2010

why the hate?

I don't understand the negative comments, who cares if they do a remake? you can't screw this up, the people who want to make this obviously know it was an incredible movie and thats why they're going to the very best to get it done...everyone will be eating their words after this gets released, i'd bet everything on it(which isn't much)
I don't understand the negative comments, who cares if they do a remake? you can't screw this up, the people who want to make this obviously know it was an incredible movie and thats why they're going to the very best to get it done...everyone will be eating their words after this gets released, i'd bet everything on it(which isn't much)
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9:46PM on 11/09/2010
This is a disaster waiting to happen, total waste of time and money! Oldboy is my fav no English language film of all time, nothing that anybody will attempt can do it justice.
This is a disaster waiting to happen, total waste of time and money! Oldboy is my fav no English language film of all time, nothing that anybody will attempt can do it justice.
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1:34PM on 11/09/2010

oh crap

i hoped they had forgot about it. Well Boyle would be better bc steve wont do it justice, he will give it some added on ending that makes it happy ie minority report. Please dont make this movie bc I wont watch it and when i ask people have you seen it they will think I mean the US piece of crap.
i hoped they had forgot about it. Well Boyle would be better bc steve wont do it justice, he will give it some added on ending that makes it happy ie minority report. Please dont make this movie bc I wont watch it and when i ask people have you seen it they will think I mean the US piece of crap.
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12:39PM on 11/09/2010
So is this stupid Oldboy remake also going to star Willow Smith?
So is this stupid Oldboy remake also going to star Willow Smith?
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10:46AM on 11/09/2010

I loved the first too much

and alot of it's subject matter I could really see struggling to translate to a mainstream audience.

I also think more respect is owed to Danny Boyle than to be referred to as 3rd choice. The guy's an incredible director.
and alot of it's subject matter I could really see struggling to translate to a mainstream audience.

I also think more respect is owed to Danny Boyle than to be referred to as 3rd choice. The guy's an incredible director.
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9:52AM on 11/09/2010
Maybe someone should remake 'Jaws' and say "it's not a remake, it's more like an adaptation of the original novel"?

Because that would be a shitty idea, too.
Maybe someone should remake 'Jaws' and say "it's not a remake, it's more like an adaptation of the original novel"?

Because that would be a shitty idea, too.
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5:04AM on 11/09/2010
No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No.
No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No.
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12:52AM on 11/09/2010
its gonna be starring Leonardo DiCaprio. and somehow his madness is gonna be caused by the death of his wife. just watch.
its gonna be starring Leonardo DiCaprio. and somehow his madness is gonna be caused by the death of his wife. just watch.
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12:26AM on 11/09/2010

Hear we go again...

I pray this doesn't come to pass. Old Boy is wanna my favorites of all-time and I don't care if Jesus Christ himself is attached to it, Hollywood needs to leave it the fuck alone!
I pray this doesn't come to pass. Old Boy is wanna my favorites of all-time and I don't care if Jesus Christ himself is attached to it, Hollywood needs to leave it the fuck alone!
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11:38PM on 11/08/2010
People got their panties in a bunch about the Internal Affairs American remake too. How did that turn out? Pretty great (and vastly superior to the original in my opinion). With such talent involved (if it's Spielberg and Will Smith again) how can it be bad? And, more importantly, how can you judge it's bad before you heard anything concrete on it? The talent that remade I.A. into The Departed is what made it great. This has potential if you give it a chance. Top notch talent is involved.
People got their panties in a bunch about the Internal Affairs American remake too. How did that turn out? Pretty great (and vastly superior to the original in my opinion). With such talent involved (if it's Spielberg and Will Smith again) how can it be bad? And, more importantly, how can you judge it's bad before you heard anything concrete on it? The talent that remade I.A. into The Departed is what made it great. This has potential if you give it a chance. Top notch talent is involved.
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11:35PM on 11/08/2010
Damnit, if Will Smith is in this they will find a way to make him save the world in the end.
Damnit, if Will Smith is in this they will find a way to make him save the world in the end.
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11:31PM on 11/08/2010

don't do it!

seriously, don't do it!
if it HAD to be done, i would only trust Boyle.
seriously, don't do it!
if it HAD to be done, i would only trust Boyle.
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11:25PM on 11/08/2010
A) How did Vaughn jump past Boyle as a directing choice?

and B) Fuck Will Smith
A) How did Vaughn jump past Boyle as a directing choice?

and B) Fuck Will Smith
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10:58PM on 11/08/2010

If you make a good film people will watch...

If I had to choose seeing a remake with name stars in a theater with a dozen 15 year-olds yapping about and fiddling with their cell phones and catching a limited release of the original foreign language subtitled version in a film festival or even DVD...I think the choice is pretty obvious.

Who is the target audience for this movie? I am confused.
If I had to choose seeing a remake with name stars in a theater with a dozen 15 year-olds yapping about and fiddling with their cell phones and catching a limited release of the original foreign language subtitled version in a film festival or even DVD...I think the choice is pretty obvious.

Who is the target audience for this movie? I am confused.
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10:25PM on 11/08/2010
I agree wholeheartedly with what kivzirrum said. You can't make a better version of a flawless gem. Fuck off with it already.
I agree wholeheartedly with what kivzirrum said. You can't make a better version of a flawless gem. Fuck off with it already.
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10:03PM on 11/08/2010
Oh, for fuck's sake ...
Oh, for fuck's sake ...
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9:54PM on 11/08/2010

Tarantino

The only possible choice in my book. But even Tarantino would know when to leave a classic film alone. I mean, WTF? Spielberg?

I would just assume take an oldboy up the arse.
The only possible choice in my book. But even Tarantino would know when to leave a classic film alone. I mean, WTF? Spielberg?

I would just assume take an oldboy up the arse.
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9:49PM on 11/08/2010
Matt Reeves or Mark Romanek to direct. This is going to be an oscar nomination for whoever gets the lead
Matt Reeves or Mark Romanek to direct. This is going to be an oscar nomination for whoever gets the lead
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9:47PM on 11/08/2010

mark protosevich

....the i am legend screenplay sucked. alright, done hating.
....the i am legend screenplay sucked. alright, done hating.
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9:43PM on 11/08/2010

Should definitly be made

This movie is one remake that should actually be done. The plot is amazing and, though the movie was great, their was still a barrier with ofcourse it being foreign, i think a western interpretation would be fantastic, especially if they get any of these directors they've mentioned.
This movie is one remake that should actually be done. The plot is amazing and, though the movie was great, their was still a barrier with ofcourse it being foreign, i think a western interpretation would be fantastic, especially if they get any of these directors they've mentioned.
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9:04PM on 11/08/2010
Oldboy is my favorite movie, no exaggeration. I think everything just came together perfectly-- the script, the acting, the directing, the music even. Everything. Why remake a perfect movie? You obviously can't do it better, so what's the point?

And if they just adapt the inferior manga, then again-- why bother? That's just an admission that they're too cowardly to try to get an American audience to accept such a taboo plot, and instead of trying, they'll just chicken out.

The
Oldboy is my favorite movie, no exaggeration. I think everything just came together perfectly-- the script, the acting, the directing, the music even. Everything. Why remake a perfect movie? You obviously can't do it better, so what's the point?

And if they just adapt the inferior manga, then again-- why bother? That's just an admission that they're too cowardly to try to get an American audience to accept such a taboo plot, and instead of trying, they'll just chicken out.

The happiest day of my life was when the first talk of an American remake died. Hopefully this will do the same. Even greats like Spielberg, Vaughn, and Boyle would better serve their own talents elsewhere.
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8:29PM on 11/08/2010
I'd rather see Spielberg do JP 4, Vaughn do KA2, and Boyle do 28ML.
I'd rather see Spielberg do JP 4, Vaughn do KA2, and Boyle do 28ML.
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8:25PM on 11/08/2010
No x1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
No x1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
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8:22PM on 11/08/2010

Danny Boyle seems like the logical choice, but please...

no Will Smith.
no Will Smith.
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8:10PM on 11/08/2010
I don't feel there is any reason to remake this. I don't care if it is closer to the manga. I know this will come as a shock to some, but sometimes a movie succeeds because it changes things from the source material.
I don't feel there is any reason to remake this. I don't care if it is closer to the manga. I know this will come as a shock to some, but sometimes a movie succeeds because it changes things from the source material.
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8:02PM on 11/08/2010

Good

I hope it's PG-13 because the Chinese one was way too violent and the sex stuff was gross.
I hope it's PG-13 because the Chinese one was way too violent and the sex stuff was gross.
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8:33PM on 11/08/2010
People are retarded and don't understand sarcasm. It's okay, man. I'm here for ya.
People are retarded and don't understand sarcasm. It's okay, man. I'm here for ya.
5:03AM on 11/09/2010
For a minute I went "Is this guy stupid?" but then realized you're being sarcastic. Lol. Good job.
For a minute I went "Is this guy stupid?" but then realized you're being sarcastic. Lol. Good job.
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8:02PM on 11/08/2010

HELLS NO

If you are not against this, you obviously don't know that they will not go the same route as the movie. Not the tone and definitely not the ending. It is not the typical ending for your average american audience.
If you are not against this, you obviously don't know that they will not go the same route as the movie. Not the tone and definitely not the ending. It is not the typical ending for your average american audience.
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8:15PM on 11/08/2010
Well I agree that if they totally take away the shocking, interesting aspects of the movie, then of course not this shouldn't be remade. Maybe I'm giving Boyle/Vaughn too much credit in hoping they'd keep it in.
Well I agree that if they totally take away the shocking, interesting aspects of the movie, then of course not this shouldn't be remade. Maybe I'm giving Boyle/Vaughn too much credit in hoping they'd keep it in.
7:58PM on 11/08/2010

GO AWAY

we don't want any!
we don't want any!
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7:58PM on 11/08/2010

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Leave it the fuck alone. I'm surprised they aren't lining up a remake of Battle Royale with the cast of High School Musical, Glee, the Twilight bitches and the Jonas Brothers. Actually that might be worth seeing. I'll bet my house that Boyle doesn't direct this though.
Leave it the fuck alone. I'm surprised they aren't lining up a remake of Battle Royale with the cast of High School Musical, Glee, the Twilight bitches and the Jonas Brothers. Actually that might be worth seeing. I'll bet my house that Boyle doesn't direct this though.
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7:54PM on 11/08/2010

Yes

More people need to see this kick ass cinematic tale. And the ONLY way to get most Americans to see it, is to remake it. Please stop the Will Smith hate.
More people need to see this kick ass cinematic tale. And the ONLY way to get most Americans to see it, is to remake it. Please stop the Will Smith hate.
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7:52PM on 11/08/2010
Let them remake it. I mean, Hell. It isn't like they are trying to make it into some quick cash grab. As I understand it, the movie is so different from the Manga, it might as well be different. I have seen the original, yes. I wasn't a huge fan. Its not bad, it just didn't work for me. I would like to see someone else give it a go
Let them remake it. I mean, Hell. It isn't like they are trying to make it into some quick cash grab. As I understand it, the movie is so different from the Manga, it might as well be different. I have seen the original, yes. I wasn't a huge fan. Its not bad, it just didn't work for me. I would like to see someone else give it a go
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7:38PM on 11/08/2010

NO.

NO. I will not see this. I will hold public protest, and spearhead movements to descredit it. I will burn massive amounts of dvd copies of the releasing studios other films and distribute them freely, and encourage others to do the same. All involved talent will be blacklisted. This is like reamking Citizen Kane. There will be a public outcry if this happens, and the careers of everyone involved will be tarnished.
NO. I will not see this. I will hold public protest, and spearhead movements to descredit it. I will burn massive amounts of dvd copies of the releasing studios other films and distribute them freely, and encourage others to do the same. All involved talent will be blacklisted. This is like reamking Citizen Kane. There will be a public outcry if this happens, and the careers of everyone involved will be tarnished.
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7:37PM on 11/08/2010
OK I know I'm gonna get absolutely killed for this, but I'm really not THAT against them remaking this. I mean if it was like some cheap remake ala Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then of course I'd be up in arms. But Spielberg, Vaughn, or Boyle? Those are 3 of the best directors in the world as far as I'm concerned. Obviously the original was incredible, but I don't think it was perfect by any means. It's a way of getting a very intense, incredible story to a wider
OK I know I'm gonna get absolutely killed for this, but I'm really not THAT against them remaking this. I mean if it was like some cheap remake ala Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then of course I'd be up in arms. But Spielberg, Vaughn, or Boyle? Those are 3 of the best directors in the world as far as I'm concerned. Obviously the original was incredible, but I don't think it was perfect by any means. It's a way of getting a very intense, incredible story to a wider audience, and doing so without the GODAWFUL VOICEOVERS that really hurt my viewing experience.
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7:24PM on 11/08/2010
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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7:23PM on 11/08/2010
I would rather not get a remake or any hoopla out of an already fantastic movie.
I would rather not get a remake or any hoopla out of an already fantastic movie.
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7:22PM on 11/08/2010
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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