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Sharlto Copley talks about his turn as Old Boy's villain (plus new story details)

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Oldboy original title treatment

For anyone who has seen OLDBOY" href="../upcomingmovies/2005/oldboy-2005" target="_blank">OLDBOY, whether they like/respect it or not, I imagine that it is going to very hard to accept how Spike Lee's new take might turn out. The Korean original is so distinct, so visceral, so defined in its pain and sorrow and beauty, that it's not so much a matter of being hard to top as a matter of it being nearly impossible to forget.  That being said the casting of Sharlto Copley as the villain is already a step in the right direction towards crafting a solid piece of new storytelling, and Copley had this to say recently about the upcoming movie and his place in it:

"They've been very true to the spirit of it. It's dark, it's gritty. They're not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I'm very excited about that movie. I'm very excited about working with Spike and with Josh... I think it's going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally."

A few new story notes (ergo there are spoilers below if you haven't seen the original:

- The title will follow the manga and be OLD BOY, not OLDBOY as it was with the first film.
- Josh Brolin's main character of Joe Douchett will be imprisoned for "over two decades," as opposed to the fifteen year time span used in the original film.
- Upon his sudden release, Joe will be told that he has "just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment."

What I'm most curious about, which is also a question that I can't imagine being answered until I'm in the theater watching the film, is what OLD BOY will do in relation to the original film's absolute motherf***** of an ending.  Copley is currently in mid-prep for his part, so look for production to be starting soon.

Oldboy villain

The antagonist of the Korean film.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think about Copley's idea that the presence of a remake will actually up awareness and therefore be better for original movie and remake alike? Does that sentiment hold water with you?
Source: MTVComingSoon

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3:22PM on 07/26/2012
I don't want to sound ignorant or anything but this is one of the few remakes I refuse to ever see. I don't care if it gets a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes and it's hailed as better than the original, this movie is a FUCKING DISGRACE. Thumbs me down because I'm passionate about a fucking masterpiece of a film that no asshole Hollywood executive could EVER make. Plenty of remakes come out every year but this is the first one that FUCKING PISSES ME OFF!
I don't want to sound ignorant or anything but this is one of the few remakes I refuse to ever see. I don't care if it gets a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes and it's hailed as better than the original, this movie is a FUCKING DISGRACE. Thumbs me down because I'm passionate about a fucking masterpiece of a film that no asshole Hollywood executive could EVER make. Plenty of remakes come out every year but this is the first one that FUCKING PISSES ME OFF!
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12:37PM on 07/26/2012
If I was a director and some studio offered me the chance to remake Oldboy I'd decline it it right then and there. It's such a powerful, unique piece of filmmaking I wouldn't dare attempt to replicate it in any way.

I like the casting, but these changes you're listing don't sound significant. Making it more than 15 years of imprisonment? Okay, 15 years is already a long time, making it more only seems arbitrary. Assuming the story stays mostly the same all the extra time does is allow more
If I was a director and some studio offered me the chance to remake Oldboy I'd decline it it right then and there. It's such a powerful, unique piece of filmmaking I wouldn't dare attempt to replicate it in any way.

I like the casting, but these changes you're listing don't sound significant. Making it more than 15 years of imprisonment? Okay, 15 years is already a long time, making it more only seems arbitrary. Assuming the story stays mostly the same all the extra time does is allow more world events to occur and the world seem more alien (though he does have TV to keep him up on what's going on).

"He has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment". Right there they're already adding that Hollywood element to the story. The red clock counting down to Armageddon. Oh-Dae Su's desire for answers and vengeance added enough urgency and motivation. Giving Douchett (get it, he'sa douche) a countdown clock just tacks on unnecessary external motivation to the story. So now is there a downside to him not finding out in 4 days? He'll never know the truth? Not knowing the truth is actually a better outcome for the main character. That's part of the tragedy of the story.

They say they're not going to soften the impact of the story but still make it reach a bigger audience. Yeah, those two things rarely go together.
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10:20AM on 07/26/2012

I'm not convinced

I do like the casting of this remake but i'm still not convinced about the necessity of a remake here. I mean the original is such a cult classic film that is so unique in it's kind.
I do like the casting of this remake but i'm still not convinced about the necessity of a remake here. I mean the original is such a cult classic film that is so unique in it's kind.
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7:56AM on 07/26/2012

They better not fuck this up

I hope Spike Lee knows what he's doing. I give him the benefit of the doubt, of course, he's not a mainstream director and might turn this into something special. But like you say Alejandro, they better don't fuck up the sucker punch ending.
I hope Spike Lee knows what he's doing. I give him the benefit of the doubt, of course, he's not a mainstream director and might turn this into something special. But like you say Alejandro, they better don't fuck up the sucker punch ending.
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7:55AM on 07/26/2012
For that caption under the picture, I think it supposes to be "the antagonist" - with a T.
For that caption under the picture, I think it supposes to be "the antagonist" - with a T.
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8:38AM on 07/26/2012
Good catch, thanks very much.
Good catch, thanks very much.
8:49AM on 07/26/2012
You're welcome :]
You're welcome :]
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