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Spike Lee in talks to direct Oldboy remake

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The completely ill-advised remake of Chan-wook Park's dark 2003 South Korean masterpiece OLDBOY is still threatening to be made. This time, however, the project seems to have the ever so slight possibility of not being completely watered down and potentially even interesting in a unique way.

According to Twitch, filmmaker Spike Lee (25TH HOUR, DO THE RIGHT THING) is said to be in talks to direct the Hollywood remake. Back in '08, Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were the first big names being linked to the project, perhaps two of the most inappropriate names to head an OLDBOY remake. Reactions were generally (and rightfully) very negative, and for a moment there was an attempt to massage it all when it was said that the remake was less of a remake and more of a re-adaptation of the original manga. I don't think that made anyone feel any better. The film is said to still be going off of a script from THOR and I AM LEGEND writer Mark Protosevich.

As for Will Smith, there's no word on whether or not he's still attached to the project, though after his passing on the lead role of a f*cking Quentin Tarantino film (likely for reasons of image and loss of script control), let's hope he isn't.
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7:19PM on 07/07/2011

NO.

Just no. Oldboy is one of my favorite movies and one of the finest foreign films(well, films in general, really) ever made. I wish Hollywood would step the fuck off. If they want to make money off of it so bad, just re-release the original film. Anyone who has seen the film knows that Hollywood will definitely cut the plot twist. General American moviegoers "can't handle it".
Just no. Oldboy is one of my favorite movies and one of the finest foreign films(well, films in general, really) ever made. I wish Hollywood would step the fuck off. If they want to make money off of it so bad, just re-release the original film. Anyone who has seen the film knows that Hollywood will definitely cut the plot twist. General American moviegoers "can't handle it".
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4:27AM on 07/07/2011
they should release this on fathers day
they should release this on fathers day
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1:22AM on 07/07/2011

Yeaaahh

I'm sure I'll get thumbs downed like crazy for saying this but I didn't blow my load over Oldboy like everyone else seemed to do, I mean it is an ok movie but I didn't love it. So I'm open for a different version if done right i guess.
I'm sure I'll get thumbs downed like crazy for saying this but I didn't blow my load over Oldboy like everyone else seemed to do, I mean it is an ok movie but I didn't love it. So I'm open for a different version if done right i guess.
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12:51AM on 07/07/2011

Bad idea

In the list movies that should be left alone, oldboy is at top....
In the list movies that should be left alone, oldboy is at top....
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11:51PM on 07/06/2011

Dear Everyone

Oldboy was a comic first. The film was a great departure from the comic. This film will not be a "remake" but another adaptation of said comic.

Don't get your fuckin' panties in a twist.
Oldboy was a comic first. The film was a great departure from the comic. This film will not be a "remake" but another adaptation of said comic.

Don't get your fuckin' panties in a twist.
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10:44AM on 07/07/2011
This is true, but have you actually READ the manga? Another adaptation of that would not really be any better than a straight remake...
This is true, but have you actually READ the manga? Another adaptation of that would not really be any better than a straight remake...
4:22PM on 07/07/2011
Kivzirrum, I think the issue is people don't think the creative minds are capable of making a remake that captures the same darkness of the original. Smiert's point (and mine below) is that the original manga is not this dark, twisted story. I don't know if a more faithful adaptation will be BETTER, but for those who are concerned that it might be soft (I remember people talking about the Smith/Spielberg one being rated PG-13 and getting pissed about it, as if they were desecrating the source
Kivzirrum, I think the issue is people don't think the creative minds are capable of making a remake that captures the same darkness of the original. Smiert's point (and mine below) is that the original manga is not this dark, twisted story. I don't know if a more faithful adaptation will be BETTER, but for those who are concerned that it might be soft (I remember people talking about the Smith/Spielberg one being rated PG-13 and getting pissed about it, as if they were desecrating the source material), it's a non issue because the manga isn't that dark. And yes, I've read it.
9:18PM on 07/06/2011

this is a fucking stupid idea. hollywood will completely remove the grit of the original.

fuck, it'll probably wind up being pg-13 and have denzel washington in it.
fuck, it'll probably wind up being pg-13 and have denzel washington in it.
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8:55PM on 07/06/2011
At very least bring along Sung Kang. Underrated actor.
At very least bring along Sung Kang. Underrated actor.
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7:49PM on 07/06/2011
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO.

Nothing against Spike Lee (who has made some fantastic movies) but Oldboy is my favorite movie and in my opinion should NEVER BE REMADE.

Even if they kept all the twists and everything. The film's greatness isn't JUST in the story-- the direction, the cinematography, Choi Min-sik's acting-- Oldboy was just a perfect storm of talent and good ideas, and a remake, no matter how faithful, simply can't do it justice.
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO.

Nothing against Spike Lee (who has made some fantastic movies) but Oldboy is my favorite movie and in my opinion should NEVER BE REMADE.

Even if they kept all the twists and everything. The film's greatness isn't JUST in the story-- the direction, the cinematography, Choi Min-sik's acting-- Oldboy was just a perfect storm of talent and good ideas, and a remake, no matter how faithful, simply can't do it justice.
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7:32PM on 07/06/2011
STUPID IDEA! Come on now. We know what's going to happen. They are going to cast a caucasian or african american in the lead. The story will take place in NY. The "twist" will be changed to something more socially acceptable. The movie will suck ass.
STUPID IDEA! Come on now. We know what's going to happen. They are going to cast a caucasian or african american in the lead. The story will take place in NY. The "twist" will be changed to something more socially acceptable. The movie will suck ass.
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4:42PM on 07/06/2011

Ripe for an Asian American Actor....

Could be awesome.

All the Spike Lee haters who have obviously never seen a Spike Lee film (except for Do the Right Thing) is already writing it off.

Now, Spike Lee should do something new that all other American remakes don't do:

Cast an Asian American actor in the lead...
Could be awesome.

All the Spike Lee haters who have obviously never seen a Spike Lee film (except for Do the Right Thing) is already writing it off.

Now, Spike Lee should do something new that all other American remakes don't do:

Cast an Asian American actor in the lead...
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6:24PM on 07/06/2011
Lets hope they don't cast an Asian... why would they make an EXACT remake? They have to re-imagine this thing for it to work... they are going to go Afro-American for sure. Don't be silly...
Lets hope they don't cast an Asian... why would they make an EXACT remake? They have to re-imagine this thing for it to work... they are going to go Afro-American for sure. Don't be silly...
7:46PM on 07/06/2011
@Avatard:

I hope they DO cast an Asian, since majority of remake(s) has to star a Caucasian. (Usually the only aspect that is kept, if it is an Asian movie, is an Asian female).

'Asian American' is different from 'foreign Asian'....and a 'movie can work' with a non-Caucasian actor. Moreoverk, there are talented Asian American actors out there.

Don't be silly.

(And I'm sure if there was Tarantino expressing interest, with Brad Pitt or Leonardo DeCaprio...majority of the posters in
@Avatard:

I hope they DO cast an Asian, since majority of remake(s) has to star a Caucasian. (Usually the only aspect that is kept, if it is an Asian movie, is an Asian female).

'Asian American' is different from 'foreign Asian'....and a 'movie can work' with a non-Caucasian actor. Moreoverk, there are talented Asian American actors out there.

Don't be silly.

(And I'm sure if there was Tarantino expressing interest, with Brad Pitt or Leonardo DeCaprio...majority of the posters in this thread would be acting as if there was the second coming).
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3:51PM on 07/06/2011
There are only a few people in the industry that have any business even being mentioned in the area of an OldBoy remake and it's none that have been mentioned so far. Spike Lee? No thanks. Maybe someone like Brad Anderson or someone fearless and willing to do what is necessary to makes this film what it's supposed to be, which is disturbing. But knowing Hollywood, they will soften it up and take out everything that made the film good. I'm not entirely opposed to a US remake of the film, just
There are only a few people in the industry that have any business even being mentioned in the area of an OldBoy remake and it's none that have been mentioned so far. Spike Lee? No thanks. Maybe someone like Brad Anderson or someone fearless and willing to do what is necessary to makes this film what it's supposed to be, which is disturbing. But knowing Hollywood, they will soften it up and take out everything that made the film good. I'm not entirely opposed to a US remake of the film, just opposed to a hack job of it, which unfortunately is just about every remake of a foreign film in Hollywood these days.
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1:47PM on 07/06/2011

as long as Will Smith is out

could be amazing or it could be shit
could be amazing or it could be shit
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1:26PM on 07/06/2011
geez i have just had it with hollywood wanting to remake every successful foreign film just bc american audiences dont feel like fucking reading subtitles. its bullshit. Spike lee seriously? Gonna cast all black people?? most likely. hope this doesnt happen!
geez i have just had it with hollywood wanting to remake every successful foreign film just bc american audiences dont feel like fucking reading subtitles. its bullshit. Spike lee seriously? Gonna cast all black people?? most likely. hope this doesnt happen!
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4:39PM on 07/06/2011
Where in the article did it say ALL BLACK PEOPLE are going to be cast?

Where in the article did it say ALL BLACK PEOPLE are going to be cast?

1:23PM on 07/06/2011
You people realize the manga is nowhere near as dark and twisted as the movie, right? A more faithful adaptation of the manga would've been fine with Spielberg and Will Smith.
You people realize the manga is nowhere near as dark and twisted as the movie, right? A more faithful adaptation of the manga would've been fine with Spielberg and Will Smith.
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12:15PM on 07/06/2011
Why the hell Spike Lee? He moaned about the Coen Bros use of violence in their movies, so why this? I got the feeling none of the studios wanted to work with him anymore since the only financial hit he's had post Malcolm X was Inside Man (which was more of a typical Denziel thriller than a Spike Lee joint).
Wonder if Denziel Washington thinking of doing this?
Why the hell Spike Lee? He moaned about the Coen Bros use of violence in their movies, so why this? I got the feeling none of the studios wanted to work with him anymore since the only financial hit he's had post Malcolm X was Inside Man (which was more of a typical Denziel thriller than a Spike Lee joint).
Wonder if Denziel Washington thinking of doing this?
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11:20AM on 07/06/2011
Spike Lee made Miracle at St. Anna.
Spike Lee made Miracle at St. Anna.
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10:31AM on 07/06/2011
For a second I thought I read Spike Jonze and was slightly curious. Regardless, this seems ill-advised.
For a second I thought I read Spike Jonze and was slightly curious. Regardless, this seems ill-advised.
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9:40AM on 07/06/2011

Remedying what was missing in the originai...

...constant use of the N-word!

Can't we just re-release the original in theaters?
...constant use of the N-word!

Can't we just re-release the original in theaters?
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12:19PM on 07/06/2011
Have you ever seen a Spike Lee film?

Don't you know why he fell out with Tarantino (aside from jealousy)
Have you ever seen a Spike Lee film?

Don't you know why he fell out with Tarantino (aside from jealousy)
2:47PM on 07/06/2011
Yeah, I've seen a few and I do think 'DO THE RIGHT THING' is a great, thought-provoking film. My post was really just a joke and not to be taken seriously. I have no more problem with Lee directing it than anyone else doing it. I'd just rather a remake not exist.
Yeah, I've seen a few and I do think 'DO THE RIGHT THING' is a great, thought-provoking film. My post was really just a joke and not to be taken seriously. I have no more problem with Lee directing it than anyone else doing it. I'd just rather a remake not exist.
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9:06AM on 07/06/2011

well if theyre gonna do it...

i can imagine liam neeson in the lead.
i can imagine liam neeson in the lead.
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9:05AM on 07/06/2011
That is some combination. I think I would like to see the outcome of a Spike Lee Oldboy.
That is some combination. I think I would like to see the outcome of a Spike Lee Oldboy.
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8:40AM on 07/06/2011
If this is going to be remade I would at least prefer a director with some creative talent over a once-promising director who tends to use films as vehicles for his own politics.
If this is going to be remade I would at least prefer a director with some creative talent over a once-promising director who tends to use films as vehicles for his own politics.
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9:16AM on 07/06/2011
Here Here!
Here Here!
4:40PM on 07/06/2011
Obviously, you haven't seen many Spike Lee films to say the man has no talent.

*Four Little Girls
*25th Hour
*Do the Right Thing
*Malcolm X
*Inside Man
Obviously, you haven't seen many Spike Lee films to say the man has no talent.

*Four Little Girls
*25th Hour
*Do the Right Thing
*Malcolm X
*Inside Man
6:03PM on 07/07/2011
Please don't respond with ridiculous assumptions. I've seen all those films and feel that in every case, except 4 Little Girls because it's a documentary, the talent made them interesting. I'm speaking from a purely cinematic POV here, his scripts are well written, but then again, he gets top notch actors.
Please don't respond with ridiculous assumptions. I've seen all those films and feel that in every case, except 4 Little Girls because it's a documentary, the talent made them interesting. I'm speaking from a purely cinematic POV here, his scripts are well written, but then again, he gets top notch actors.
8:16AM on 07/06/2011
Heh. My blu-ray of Oldboy was in my mailbox when I got home from work last night.
Heh. My blu-ray of Oldboy was in my mailbox when I got home from work last night.
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8:12AM on 07/06/2011

Spike Lee=HIGHLY overated

The guy is box office poison; the "Urban" equivalent of Zack Synder. A false visionary. Although his earlier work from the late 80's/early 90's captures the era well, it's underdeveloped and highly bias; very one dimentional story telling. How could he handle something complex such as "Oldboy"? Just leave it alone-- the story is way too complex and interesting to water it down for mid westerners.
The guy is box office poison; the "Urban" equivalent of Zack Synder. A false visionary. Although his earlier work from the late 80's/early 90's captures the era well, it's underdeveloped and highly bias; very one dimentional story telling. How could he handle something complex such as "Oldboy"? Just leave it alone-- the story is way too complex and interesting to water it down for mid westerners.
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11:44AM on 07/06/2011
You've never seen "Bamboozled", I take it.
You've never seen "Bamboozled", I take it.
1:11PM on 07/06/2011
Thank you for saying it.
Lee is, flat-out, not a good filmmaker.
"Do The Right Thing" is horribly overrated. His strongest effort was "Inside Man", and that was only because of the 3 leads.
Lee's problem is he doesn't have a knack for actual storytelling...or directing, for that matter. He believes that racial tension makes a plot, however, he should have learned years ago...it's not working.
Watching him trying to fulfill his dreams as a frustrated actor is also quite painful.
I saw a Q&A
Thank you for saying it.
Lee is, flat-out, not a good filmmaker.
"Do The Right Thing" is horribly overrated. His strongest effort was "Inside Man", and that was only because of the 3 leads.
Lee's problem is he doesn't have a knack for actual storytelling...or directing, for that matter. He believes that racial tension makes a plot, however, he should have learned years ago...it's not working.
Watching him trying to fulfill his dreams as a frustrated actor is also quite painful.
I saw a Q&A with him at UDel in '09, and it actually worsened my opinion of him; the man had nothing of value or intelligence to say, and proceeded to contradict himself on multiple subjects.
Point blank: Lee is not the right choice for "Oldboy". He couldn't handle the material, as he wouldn't be able to get a grasp on it without altering the plot to fit his own social and political motives.
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7:47AM on 07/06/2011
Still not down with remaking this, but yeah, Spike Lee would be an interesting choice.
Still not down with remaking this, but yeah, Spike Lee would be an interesting choice.
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7:38AM on 07/06/2011
As much as I'm not itching for an American Oldboy, I have to admit I don't automatically hate the idea of Spike Lee taking it on. The man has fallen by the wayside lately, but he's still overall one of America's more interesting directors. A better choice than Spielberg at least for this material.
As much as I'm not itching for an American Oldboy, I have to admit I don't automatically hate the idea of Spike Lee taking it on. The man has fallen by the wayside lately, but he's still overall one of America's more interesting directors. A better choice than Spielberg at least for this material.
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