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Park Chan-Wook told Josh Brolin not to remake Oldboy; plus new pics

Aug. 13, 2013by:

Out of all the remakes that have come out of Hollywood, the one that fans are against the most (or at least make it seem that way) is OLDBOY. At this moment they may only convey a large sense of dread and skepticism rather than out right loathing but to be fair, Park Chan-wook did something that was creative as well as innovative. Does Lee's version even have a shred of that?

We won't know until the film comes out on November 27th but we did find a nice little tidbit in the IAMA that Lee did on Reddit the other day. Here's a piece of the Q&A:

RubenTheCuban: You're directing a remake of Oldboy, a brilliant, original Korean film. It is a very tall order. Are you nervous? What do you want to do differently? Also, any parts for a jobbing actor?

Spike Lee: Before we started the shoot, Josh Brolin went to Park Chan-wook and asked for his blessing. He told Josh "you and Spike make your own film, don't remake ours." And that's what we did.

The comment following the exchange from Redditor, Reverve made me laugh so hard I started snorting:

"To me that almost sounds like Brolin didn't get his blessing."

Personally, I don't know how to feel about it. I love the cast involved but I feel that in the attempt to make it something of its own will just fall flat. That said, the new still from the film are below. That one of Brolin reading his fortune out of the cookie just screams "caption me".

Extra Tidbit: To read the entire IAMA head here.
Source: RedditCBM

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1:47AM on 08/15/2013

will try to be optimist

The Korean version is had some innovative concept. but it remained a core cult. hope hollywood would cut back on tha taboo and make it more mainstream with keeping the core concept intact
The Korean version is had some innovative concept. but it remained a core cult. hope hollywood would cut back on tha taboo and make it more mainstream with keeping the core concept intact
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12:24AM on 08/15/2013
im on the fence....i say minumum 10 years before you remake a film.
im on the fence....i say minumum 10 years before you remake a film.
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2:18PM on 08/14/2013
I loved the Korean film but I can understand why Hollywood would try to remake this. What I cannot understand is when everyone keeps saying that the American version will have breathing room because of the Manga. I take it many of you have not read the OldBoy Korean Manga. I have read the OldBoy manga and I cannot express just how terrible it is. Park Chan-Wook took a couple things from the manga. In Park's Korean OldBoy, I would say roughly 30% was from the manga and the other 70% was his own
I loved the Korean film but I can understand why Hollywood would try to remake this. What I cannot understand is when everyone keeps saying that the American version will have breathing room because of the Manga. I take it many of you have not read the OldBoy Korean Manga. I have read the OldBoy manga and I cannot express just how terrible it is. Park Chan-Wook took a couple things from the manga. In Park's Korean OldBoy, I would say roughly 30% was from the manga and the other 70% was his own creation. All I see is train wreck when everyone says the American OldBoy can potentially be good because of the unused aspects from the manga. Those unused aspects were not used because they were plain or uneventful. Before you judge my comment go to a free comic book reading website and read the manga yourself. You'll see. Hopefully the American version did not use the manga. It almost seems to me like Park Chan-Wook was warning Spike Lee not to use the manga because it would make the American version terrible and give his Korean version a bad reputation.
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9:12PM on 08/14/2013
I've read the manga series as well, and I wouldn't call it terrible. Yes, it is very different from the movie... which might... just might be the reason why people say it gives the American version breathing room. Also just because you think it's terrible or even if it actually was for that matter, doesn't mean that the material there exists any less and can be used to make an alternate version. Also if you have read the series and watched the trailer for the American version then your argument
I've read the manga series as well, and I wouldn't call it terrible. Yes, it is very different from the movie... which might... just might be the reason why people say it gives the American version breathing room. Also just because you think it's terrible or even if it actually was for that matter, doesn't mean that the material there exists any less and can be used to make an alternate version. Also if you have read the series and watched the trailer for the American version then your argument should be that Lee doesn't appear to be making a version more accurate to the series but something that seems more like a mix of the Korean film, the series, and shit all his own. Which most likely will equate to something shitty.
9:07AM on 08/14/2013
I don't normally like Spike lee, but I can understand the need to remake the Korean film for American audiences, especially considering there is a manga it is based off of gives them more breathing room. But I am sure many of people have already written this film off sight unseen.
I don't normally like Spike lee, but I can understand the need to remake the Korean film for American audiences, especially considering there is a manga it is based off of gives them more breathing room. But I am sure many of people have already written this film off sight unseen.
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6:21AM on 08/14/2013
The only reason I give thumbs up is that maybe this will turn the main stream population, the ones that aren't necessarily that knowledgeable about unpopular or foreign movies, the heads up to check out the original.
The only reason I give thumbs up is that maybe this will turn the main stream population, the ones that aren't necessarily that knowledgeable about unpopular or foreign movies, the heads up to check out the original.
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4:18AM on 08/14/2013

fuck this unnecessary remake!

If they did their own thing it might be fine. But those shots above make it look like a shot for shot remake, which all the early reviews basically claim it is as well. Don't understand why talented people like Lee would whore themselves out for shit like this. Which has been a disturbing trend lately. Think of the great films Fincher and Matt Reeves could have made instead of their pointless remakes of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Let the Right One In. I mean both of those weren't bad
If they did their own thing it might be fine. But those shots above make it look like a shot for shot remake, which all the early reviews basically claim it is as well. Don't understand why talented people like Lee would whore themselves out for shit like this. Which has been a disturbing trend lately. Think of the great films Fincher and Matt Reeves could have made instead of their pointless remakes of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Let the Right One In. I mean both of those weren't bad films, but both weren't any better than the originale either, so fucking pointless. This Oldboy seems to be one to add to that list.
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5:40AM on 08/14/2013
Fincher's take on Dragon Tattoo is far superior to Oplevs - especially when considering the source material.
Fincher's take on Dragon Tattoo is far superior to Oplevs - especially when considering the source material.
7:06AM on 08/15/2013
To each his or her own opinion. And to make things clear, I think Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a fine film. tThe music and cinematography were better in Fincher's version, but in the end it was just the exact same movie I had seen before. And anybody who claims Rooney Mara's performance was as good or even better as that of Noomi Raapace in the original version, should lay down the crack pipe for a while. Waste of time and talent.
To each his or her own opinion. And to make things clear, I think Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a fine film. tThe music and cinematography were better in Fincher's version, but in the end it was just the exact same movie I had seen before. And anybody who claims Rooney Mara's performance was as good or even better as that of Noomi Raapace in the original version, should lay down the crack pipe for a while. Waste of time and talent.
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3:56AM on 08/14/2013
There's an interview out there where Park-Chan Wook talks about it and says that he supports Spike Lee's take, but that he refused to help out or look over anything because he wants to enjoy it as a fan of Spike Lee and hopes that it's different. So I would say it gets a blessing.
There's an interview out there where Park-Chan Wook talks about it and says that he supports Spike Lee's take, but that he refused to help out or look over anything because he wants to enjoy it as a fan of Spike Lee and hopes that it's different. So I would say it gets a blessing.
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12:33AM on 08/14/2013
enjoy that glass of pee spike lee
enjoy that glass of pee spike lee
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11:36PM on 08/13/2013
It sounds like they took Wook's comment and said fuck you, we're remaking your movie.
It sounds like they took Wook's comment and said fuck you, we're remaking your movie.
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11:14PM on 08/13/2013

I'm Still On The Fence About This

The original OLDBOY is a fu*ked-up masterpiece. It is so good on every level that you're begging to fail by remaking it. Yet, as the manga it is based on is different than Park Chan-wook's film, Lee might be able to create something to compliment the original like LET ME IN did in relation to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. That being said, from the trailer I have seen, it appears that it's just a straight-up remake with the same ending. But, hopefully, I am wrong.
The original OLDBOY is a fu*ked-up masterpiece. It is so good on every level that you're begging to fail by remaking it. Yet, as the manga it is based on is different than Park Chan-wook's film, Lee might be able to create something to compliment the original like LET ME IN did in relation to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. That being said, from the trailer I have seen, it appears that it's just a straight-up remake with the same ending. But, hopefully, I am wrong.
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10:21PM on 08/13/2013
An inferior director and an overrated actor that say they "aren't" remaking it, what's not to hate?
An inferior director and an overrated actor that say they "aren't" remaking it, what's not to hate?
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