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Remake casting: Josh Brolin for Oldboy? Chris Pine for Robocop?

Jul. 12, 2011by: Niki Stephens

Just as of yesterday, Spike Lee was hired by Mandate Pictures to helm the American remake of OLDBOY. Now there are already rumors of a possible lead. How does Josh Brolin sound to you? Twitch has learned that the studio is seriously considering Brolin to fill the shoes once worn by Choi Min-Sik. Let me tell you, those are some epic shoes to fill.

While I'm still trying to sort out my feelings on Lee helming, I have no qualms with Brolin in the slightest. If it has to be made, may as well try to make it as great as possible. Not sure if Lee is down for this choice, but it is just a rumor for now.

But wait! I have another person who is being eyed for the lead in a remake. According to the same site, Chris Pine is the numero uno choice for the new Robocop. The young actor tops the list of leads for MGM. I've quite enjoyed Pine thus far. No, not because of his good looks, but the guy is extremely likable.

Can you see Pine in a role that was once played by Peter Weller? Well, he is the new Jack Ryan. Why not just let someone like Tom Jane have it?

What do you guys think? You got any better ideas for these roles?

Source: Twitch

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5:59PM on 07/14/2011
Okay we all know whats going to happen with Oldboy.

1. PG-13
2. Planned as a Trilogy
3. Plot changed because Americans cannot handle it as written.
4. Fail
Okay we all know whats going to happen with Oldboy.

1. PG-13
2. Planned as a Trilogy
3. Plot changed because Americans cannot handle it as written.
4. Fail
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8:00PM on 07/13/2011

Robocop!!!

in the third one he has a jetpack.
in the third one he has a jetpack.
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1:41PM on 07/13/2011
I'm sure if it were up to Lee, he'd want a black actor in this lead. Gotta keep it real, right bro'? ..... Idiot. Brolin is great casting and so is Pine. I can't wait for both of these.
I'm sure if it were up to Lee, he'd want a black actor in this lead. Gotta keep it real, right bro'? ..... Idiot. Brolin is great casting and so is Pine. I can't wait for both of these.
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11:10AM on 07/13/2011
I'd love to see Brolin in that role. I still don't think Spike Lee is the right guy for the remake.

Chris Pine is a badass but you said Tom Jane, and now I want Tom Jane as Robocop... and no other.
I'd love to see Brolin in that role. I still don't think Spike Lee is the right guy for the remake.

Chris Pine is a badass but you said Tom Jane, and now I want Tom Jane as Robocop... and no other.
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8:46AM on 07/13/2011
Yay for Brolin in Oldboy. Nay for Chris Pine as Robocop.

I'm usually against remakes if the original is American. But I have no problem with seeing foreign films remade. So I'm okay with an Oldboy remake. It's not like the film is a masterpiece. And so much for Hollywood casting an Asian.
Yay for Brolin in Oldboy. Nay for Chris Pine as Robocop.

I'm usually against remakes if the original is American. But I have no problem with seeing foreign films remade. So I'm okay with an Oldboy remake. It's not like the film is a masterpiece. And so much for Hollywood casting an Asian.
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8:01AM on 07/13/2011

well.....

the premise of the robocop remake should be...an almost retired grizzly cop looking forward to family time after retirement gets killed by a ruthless gang and gets recreated as a crime fighting cyborg.and it shouldnt be a young actor it should be an older actor to bring realism and experience to the role.
the premise of the robocop remake should be...an almost retired grizzly cop looking forward to family time after retirement gets killed by a ruthless gang and gets recreated as a crime fighting cyborg.and it shouldnt be a young actor it should be an older actor to bring realism and experience to the role.
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12:38AM on 07/13/2011
You know...as much as I think the idea of a Robocop remake is far more ridiculous than the plot to Robocop 3...Chris Pine wouldn't have been bad....but then you said Thomas Jane and he's the only one I want in the role now.
You know...as much as I think the idea of a Robocop remake is far more ridiculous than the plot to Robocop 3...Chris Pine wouldn't have been bad....but then you said Thomas Jane and he's the only one I want in the role now.
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11:28PM on 07/12/2011
These two films should never be rebooted, but I could see Chris Pine's mouth in the RoboCop suit. He has a nice mouth.
These two films should never be rebooted, but I could see Chris Pine's mouth in the RoboCop suit. He has a nice mouth.
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10:33PM on 07/12/2011
Please let the Oldboy remake get shelved. Let's stop talking about it and maybe it will go away.
Please let the Oldboy remake get shelved. Let's stop talking about it and maybe it will go away.
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10:12PM on 07/12/2011
Enough with Thomas Jane. Jeez, what's with this site and Jane. He was never a star and never will be, so there's no point mentioning him in every other article concerning casting.
Enough with Thomas Jane. Jeez, what's with this site and Jane. He was never a star and never will be, so there's no point mentioning him in every other article concerning casting.
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9:35PM on 07/12/2011
Cee Lo Green for Mr. Han!
Cee Lo Green for Mr. Han!
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9:28PM on 07/12/2011

Still not happy

I'm love me some Brolin, but I still don't like a remake of Oldboy... I could handle a Robocop remake because the technology + CGI is a million times better these days; but I would rather see William Fitchner play Robocop than Chris Pine.
I'm love me some Brolin, but I still don't like a remake of Oldboy... I could handle a Robocop remake because the technology + CGI is a million times better these days; but I would rather see William Fitchner play Robocop than Chris Pine.
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9:12PM on 07/12/2011
They can have whomever the fuck they want in it, because I won't be seeing either flick. Seriously, when you can already rent or (even more cheaply) buy the dvd of the movies that are already made, why bother?
They can have whomever the fuck they want in it, because I won't be seeing either flick. Seriously, when you can already rent or (even more cheaply) buy the dvd of the movies that are already made, why bother?
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9:05PM on 07/12/2011

Give me an F'n break!

Old Boy is one of the greatest movies of the past decade. It's abyssmal to hear Spike Lee is directing this and Josh Brolin to replace Min-Sik. I'm in the middle of watching I Saw the Devil now and it's another epic performance by him...God why can't Hollywood have their shit together like, well, most other countries.
Old Boy is one of the greatest movies of the past decade. It's abyssmal to hear Spike Lee is directing this and Josh Brolin to replace Min-Sik. I'm in the middle of watching I Saw the Devil now and it's another epic performance by him...God why can't Hollywood have their shit together like, well, most other countries.
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2:49AM on 07/13/2011
I wasnt aware that Hollywood was a country.
I wasnt aware that Hollywood was a country.
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8:34PM on 07/12/2011
Like the rest of the world, I don't think a remake is necessary. But since it's happening, I think Gary Oldman would kick some serious ass as the lead in Oldboy. And not just cause his last name is Oldman.
Like the rest of the world, I don't think a remake is necessary. But since it's happening, I think Gary Oldman would kick some serious ass as the lead in Oldboy. And not just cause his last name is Oldman.
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8:32PM on 07/12/2011

Brolin OK but...

If it's really gonna be Spike Lee it's gotta be Denzel Washington.
If it's really gonna be Spike Lee it's gotta be Denzel Washington.
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8:25PM on 07/12/2011

Chris Pine = Ouch!

I'm sorry, what made Peter Weller so great in the original was his ability to have a wooden flat personality even when he was human. That translated well into a cyborg. Chris Pine a pretty solid actor just has too much personality. Probably going to get flack for this, but you need a Keanu Reeves type personality. Someone who can act flat...or is just plain flat in personlity.
I'm sorry, what made Peter Weller so great in the original was his ability to have a wooden flat personality even when he was human. That translated well into a cyborg. Chris Pine a pretty solid actor just has too much personality. Probably going to get flack for this, but you need a Keanu Reeves type personality. Someone who can act flat...or is just plain flat in personlity.
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8:15PM on 07/12/2011

Guy Pierce for both roles

Just put Guy Pierce down for both roles, he is perfect for both, but Oldboy could also be someone like Jeremy Renner or Downey Jr.
Just put Guy Pierce down for both roles, he is perfect for both, but Oldboy could also be someone like Jeremy Renner or Downey Jr.
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8:08PM on 07/12/2011
The remake of these two movies are not necessary at all. However, Chris Pine might be a good choice for Robocop. Not that I don't like Thomas Jane but he's too buff for Murphy/Robocop.
The remake of these two movies are not necessary at all. However, Chris Pine might be a good choice for Robocop. Not that I don't like Thomas Jane but he's too buff for Murphy/Robocop.
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7:58PM on 07/12/2011

Mickey Rourke!

I've said from day one that Mickey Rourke should be the new RoboCop, especially with Aronofsky helming (though I guess he's still not attached any longer?). Hear me out. The original RoboCop film was great, but favored satire over the human element itself...which is fine, and worked for the movie, but I think there's potential for the human aspect of Robo to be explored. Go into the whole line between man-and-machine with more scenes like the one in the original where he sees flashbacks of his
I've said from day one that Mickey Rourke should be the new RoboCop, especially with Aronofsky helming (though I guess he's still not attached any longer?). Hear me out. The original RoboCop film was great, but favored satire over the human element itself...which is fine, and worked for the movie, but I think there's potential for the human aspect of Robo to be explored. Go into the whole line between man-and-machine with more scenes like the one in the original where he sees flashbacks of his wife and son. And since the remake doesn't need to be by-the-numbers, having an older cop played by a grizzled guy like Rourke would work great (not to mention his face even without special effects would look pretty believable in the suit!).

Pine's OK but I'd like them to go in a grittier, more human and character-driven direction with this than I believe they are probably planning to.
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7:57PM on 07/12/2011
I agree. Not making it at all does solve the problem.

Retreads suck donkey cheese.
I agree. Not making it at all does solve the problem.

Retreads suck donkey cheese.
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7:55PM on 07/12/2011
"Why not just let someone like Tom Jane have it?" Why don't they just not make it at all. Problem solved. Same goes for Oldboy.
"Why not just let someone like Tom Jane have it?" Why don't they just not make it at all. Problem solved. Same goes for Oldboy.
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