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06.26.2009

An American remake of South Korean director Park Chan-Wook's deservedly acclaimed OLDBOY has been in the works for a while, the whole time struggling like a live squid on a dish.

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith decided to make it their first big collaboration, but things started to look grim for the project when lawsuits over the property threatened to whack it with a claw hammer. But according to Reuters, the duo is moving forward with their version (which Smith has stated will be based more on the original manga), since the rights are a snarl that seems impossible to untangle.

The dizzying details of the legal matter goes something like this: "Futabasha, publisher of the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, has filed a case against Show East in Seoul, alleging the Korean company never had the right to negotiate a remake. The issue is further complicated by the fact that Show East has shut down and its CEO, Kim Dong-Ju, has disappeared. Big Egg, a co-producer of the ultra-violent revenge flick, has also closed up shop, and its former staffers are unreachable.

South Korean sales company Cineclick Asia, which represented Show East's OLDBOY in international territories, actually negotiated the remake deal with Universal. Universal brought in Roy Lee's Vertigo Entertainment, which has made a specialty of Asian film remakes, to produce the picture, and then Mandate acquired the rights from Universal.

DreamWorks, in one of its first moves in the wake of its November separation from Paramount, secured remake rights from Mandate, which remains involved in the project."

Got all that? The brutal 2003 revenge film starred Choi Min-sik as a man seeking payback when he's released from a mysterious 15-year captivity.

Extra Tidbit: Nic Cage once publicly expressed interest in the remake. But it was when he first got married to his Korean wife, so he might've just been absorbing and loving everything Korean (he also claimed that "kimchi is life").
Source: Reuters

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9:31PM on 06/28/2009

C'mon

No remake. This is one of the greatest Korean movies of all time, right up there with Bittersweet Life, Tale of Two Sisters, Dirty Carnival, and The Host. All of which DO NOT need horrible Hollywood tampering to appeal to the mindless who just want a great action flick.
No remake. This is one of the greatest Korean movies of all time, right up there with Bittersweet Life, Tale of Two Sisters, Dirty Carnival, and The Host. All of which DO NOT need horrible Hollywood tampering to appeal to the mindless who just want a great action flick.
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7:51PM on 06/28/2009

Really guys?

You're still calling this one a remake? It's an adaptation of the same source material. Thus, it's an ADAPTATION. If you're calling it a remake of all, then at least call it a remake of the source material.
You're still calling this one a remake? It's an adaptation of the same source material. Thus, it's an ADAPTATION. If you're calling it a remake of all, then at least call it a remake of the source material.
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12:33AM on 06/28/2009
at least it's different if they're basing it on the manga
at least it's different if they're basing it on the manga
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10:35PM on 06/27/2009

ummmm...

If it aint broke, dont fix it.
If it aint broke, dont fix it.
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9:57PM on 06/27/2009

omg not the ending!

The manga's ending is completely different from the Park Chan-wook movie. They're basing it on the manga! It might turn out to be a shit movie any way but the Park Chan-wook movie isn't the only version of Oldboy and isn't the only ending out there.
The manga's ending is completely different from the Park Chan-wook movie. They're basing it on the manga! It might turn out to be a shit movie any way but the Park Chan-wook movie isn't the only version of Oldboy and isn't the only ending out there.
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9:43PM on 06/27/2009

Bad idea

There should be no OldBoy remake or a Lady Vengeance remake. I don't care who does it or who's in it its an all out bad Idea.
There should be no OldBoy remake or a Lady Vengeance remake. I don't care who does it or who's in it its an all out bad Idea.
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5:23PM on 06/27/2009

BAD Spielberg

Terrible decision!
Terrible decision!
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4:55PM on 06/27/2009

PLEASE NO

please for the love of christ dont remake this movie... i love this movie... im sure they will change the fucked up ending too... ahg please let this remake fall through and go dead i dont wanna see it ruined
please for the love of christ dont remake this movie... i love this movie... im sure they will change the fucked up ending too... ahg please let this remake fall through and go dead i dont wanna see it ruined
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4:15PM on 06/27/2009

fuuuck

the original is the best we do not need a remake film to oldboy That is why hollywood is the house of recycled ideas
the original is the best we do not need a remake film to oldboy That is why hollywood is the house of recycled ideas
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2:43PM on 06/27/2009

fuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkk

wish this wasn't happening, but if it is, i really wish they got gary oldman for the lead. not cause his name is oldman, but cause that guy is a sick actor
wish this wasn't happening, but if it is, i really wish they got gary oldman for the lead. not cause his name is oldman, but cause that guy is a sick actor
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8:22AM on 06/27/2009
There is no possible way that Spielberg or Smith can make this kid friendly e.g....truth to source

I will watch just to see how Smith quips like a smart-ass in the hallway [link] spewing bullshit at his assailaints can only bring chuckles from the 13 year old audience brought there by unsuspecting mothers quietly trying to shut them up...MOMMA! MOMMA! I WANT TO SEE OLD BOY...WITH WILL SMITH, GOSH I SURE DID LOVE HANCOCK!!!

Why cant these avatars of cinema, yeah...I grouped Spielburg and
There is no possible way that Spielberg or Smith can make this kid friendly e.g....truth to source

I will watch just to see how Smith quips like a smart-ass in the hallway [link] spewing bullshit at his assailaints can only bring chuckles from the 13 year old audience brought there by unsuspecting mothers quietly trying to shut them up...MOMMA! MOMMA! I WANT TO SEE OLD BOY...WITH WILL SMITH, GOSH I SURE DID LOVE HANCOCK!!!

Why cant these avatars of cinema, yeah...I grouped Spielburg and
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4:14AM on 06/27/2009

say it aint so, jo (blo)

so, willy smith as a father duped into an incestuous relationship?

can i get a "hell,no" ???
so, willy smith as a father duped into an incestuous relationship?

can i get a "hell,no" ???
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12:18AM on 06/27/2009
If Oldboy was an original screenplay I would've immediately sided with the FUCK NO's, but since it's (loosely) based on a Manga, they could maybe go a whole different direction with the "remake."

Having said that, I don't endorse it outright. And I sure as fuck don't see Will Smith and Spielberg as ideal talent for this thing, beyond the fact on a good day Spielberg can out-direct most, it feels too niche for him.
If Oldboy was an original screenplay I would've immediately sided with the FUCK NO's, but since it's (loosely) based on a Manga, they could maybe go a whole different direction with the "remake."

Having said that, I don't endorse it outright. And I sure as fuck don't see Will Smith and Spielberg as ideal talent for this thing, beyond the fact on a good day Spielberg can out-direct most, it feels too niche for him.
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11:47PM on 06/26/2009
this doesn't need to happen.
this doesn't need to happen.
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11:47PM on 06/26/2009
can I ask you why you want a remake writer19? Did you not enjoy the original or something?

Oldboy is one of the very best movies I've ever seen.. fuck this remake.
can I ask you why you want a remake writer19? Did you not enjoy the original or something?

Oldboy is one of the very best movies I've ever seen.. fuck this remake.
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11:26PM on 06/26/2009

i'm the only one for the remake

as much as i hate thinking this... Tom Cruise fits better than Smith. I mean Tom's got the batshit crazy Smith will never have
as much as i hate thinking this... Tom Cruise fits better than Smith. I mean Tom's got the batshit crazy Smith will never have
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11:09PM on 06/26/2009

NOOOOO

You can't improve on perfection! Especially w/ Walkie-Talkie Spielberg and Big Willy involved. Die Hollywood, DIE!!!
You can't improve on perfection! Especially w/ Walkie-Talkie Spielberg and Big Willy involved. Die Hollywood, DIE!!!
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10:55PM on 06/26/2009
Put an END to this shit.

This film should never be remade. It's already an amazing film. Just re-release it in America with subtitles, shit.
Put an END to this shit.

This film should never be remade. It's already an amazing film. Just re-release it in America with subtitles, shit.
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