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Spike Lee's Oldboy adaptation with Josh Brolin pushed back a month

Jul. 29, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Those looking forward to Spike Lee's take on Park Chan-Wook's OLDBOY are going to have to wait one month longer, as the studio has delayed the release a month, shifting from it's original release date of October 25, 2013 to November 27, 2013. No reason was given for the shift, but it's a strange move, as it was running unopposed in its original slot, but is now going up against some decent competiton, including Scott Cooper's OUT OF THE FURNACE (limited), BLACK NATIVITY, Disney's FROZEN, and the Jason Statham actioner HOMEFRONT.

I'm not sure if they studio wants to capitalize on Thanksgiving audiences (likely) or they're concerned about it being lost in the abyss of October, but it's a risky move. As a huge fan of the original, I'm actually quite intrigued to see Spike Lee's version (and it's a rare thing indeed for me to want to see a Spike Lee film these days), especially with Brolin in the lead and Copley as the "villain." Based on the trailer, it looks pretty solid, but it was always going to be a tough sell to average moviegoers no matter when it opened.

OLDBOY, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson will know hammer down on November 27, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Is this bad move by the studio or do you think Oldboy has enough clout to perform no matter when it's released?
Source: Film District

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4:12PM on 07/30/2013
I honestly think the only reason they pushed it is because November is a more prestigious month for movie releases. I'm actually taking this release date move as good news. It must mean that the studio has faith in 'Old Boy' if it can go toe to toe with releases like Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Wolf of Wall Street.
I honestly think the only reason they pushed it is because November is a more prestigious month for movie releases. I'm actually taking this release date move as good news. It must mean that the studio has faith in 'Old Boy' if it can go toe to toe with releases like Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Wolf of Wall Street.
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1:32PM on 07/30/2013

RE-Shoot?

It could mean that the producers or studio's did not like the ending. For those of you have seen the original would understand. I believe this could be happening knowing how American (no-talent grand fathered in) producers have a knack for shitting down the throats on foreign remakes.
It could mean that the producers or studio's did not like the ending. For those of you have seen the original would understand. I believe this could be happening knowing how American (no-talent grand fathered in) producers have a knack for shitting down the throats on foreign remakes.
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1:20PM on 07/30/2013

fail

They moved it to bury it in the clutter so when it fails they can blame it on a poor release date as the majority of the public does not read movie sites. Unless Spike is totally fucking with us the changes are so majo that this is not even Oldboy anymore. Why does everyone have to be so formulaic. Does there always have to be a ticking clock? NO its called engaging story! Ah well knew this was never going to fly in America anyway and we have the superior original to watch.
They moved it to bury it in the clutter so when it fails they can blame it on a poor release date as the majority of the public does not read movie sites. Unless Spike is totally fucking with us the changes are so majo that this is not even Oldboy anymore. Why does everyone have to be so formulaic. Does there always have to be a ticking clock? NO its called engaging story! Ah well knew this was never going to fly in America anyway and we have the superior original to watch.
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11:32AM on 07/30/2013
No matter what one may think about Spike Lee, I think this film will either make or break him. (Last film I saw from him was 'Miracle at St. Anna,' which was horrible). A true filmmaker can change with the times and stretch genres (e.g. Martin Scorsese, who is actually Spike Lee's idol).

If this film succeeds, he may gain some additional fans. Also, I hope he gets into sci-fi next.
No matter what one may think about Spike Lee, I think this film will either make or break him. (Last film I saw from him was 'Miracle at St. Anna,' which was horrible). A true filmmaker can change with the times and stretch genres (e.g. Martin Scorsese, who is actually Spike Lee's idol).

If this film succeeds, he may gain some additional fans. Also, I hope he gets into sci-fi next.
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2:41AM on 07/30/2013

I'm giving the makers of the movie a thumbs down......

Why do the makers movie show a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers?!...Yes, it makes sense to show things that happened while he was imprisoned, but why that one?...They're showing actual horrific footage and only for enjoyment in a way. They were like "This will be a cool scene to show, so let's show it."

Is that something that people want to see in a movie?????
Why do the makers movie show a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers?!...Yes, it makes sense to show things that happened while he was imprisoned, but why that one?...They're showing actual horrific footage and only for enjoyment in a way. They were like "This will be a cool scene to show, so let's show it."

Is that something that people want to see in a movie?????
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10:33AM on 07/30/2013
They show that in the original too, and personally I'm not offended—it was a HUGE moment not just in our country but across the world. What else should they depict to show how he's imprisioned for such a long time, the last episode of Friends of some shit? Plus Spike's from Brooklyn, so he usually finds ways to shoehorn NYC into his movies
They show that in the original too, and personally I'm not offended—it was a HUGE moment not just in our country but across the world. What else should they depict to show how he's imprisioned for such a long time, the last episode of Friends of some shit? Plus Spike's from Brooklyn, so he usually finds ways to shoehorn NYC into his movies
10:56PM on 07/30/2013
All the thumbs down I got is just sad...I guess people don't mind seeing a plane hit a tower in a movie that is shown for people's enjoyment...That is sick and sad.
All the thumbs down I got is just sad...I guess people don't mind seeing a plane hit a tower in a movie that is shown for people's enjoyment...That is sick and sad.
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10:21PM on 07/29/2013

Closer to Oscar season that way

Hopefully this means it exceeded their expectations.
Hopefully this means it exceeded their expectations.
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9:57PM on 07/29/2013

Of course there is a reason

Now it comes out on my birthday. Much more appropriate
Now it comes out on my birthday. Much more appropriate
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9:56PM on 07/29/2013
I'm excited to see this, but if I'm picking between seeing this or Out of the Furnace first, my money is going to Out of the Furnace.

It seems dumb to movie this back another month. I think it would have done well in October with really little to no competition.
I'm excited to see this, but if I'm picking between seeing this or Out of the Furnace first, my money is going to Out of the Furnace.

It seems dumb to movie this back another month. I think it would have done well in October with really little to no competition.
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9:43PM on 07/29/2013

Doesn't seem like a movie you'd watch on Thanksgiving

With PA4 not coming out this October, having Old Boy there instead would have collected major Halloween money. Oh well.
With PA4 not coming out this October, having Old Boy there instead would have collected major Halloween money. Oh well.
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8:34PM on 07/29/2013
They probably want it to run in the holiday season and grab that vacation audience. Somehow, though, I think this is going to end up like Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and be lost on American audiences. I was, however, surprised by how decent the trailer makes the film seem. Not a fan of Spike Lee, but this could be very surprising. As for whether or not I see it, that will be a full weekend of films, so we'll see. I may end up seeing something else, especially if reviews for this are mediocre.
They probably want it to run in the holiday season and grab that vacation audience. Somehow, though, I think this is going to end up like Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and be lost on American audiences. I was, however, surprised by how decent the trailer makes the film seem. Not a fan of Spike Lee, but this could be very surprising. As for whether or not I see it, that will be a full weekend of films, so we'll see. I may end up seeing something else, especially if reviews for this are mediocre.
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11:06PM on 07/29/2013
your comment "lost on american audiences" totally just validated the existence of this movie (as well as all other american remakes of foreign movies). people say these types of remakes are unoriginal and inartistic, but if they can successfully adapt something very foreign into something the american audience will enjoy, they've done something. it may be good or bad depending on your opinion, but at least it's something.
your comment "lost on american audiences" totally just validated the existence of this movie (as well as all other american remakes of foreign movies). people say these types of remakes are unoriginal and inartistic, but if they can successfully adapt something very foreign into something the american audience will enjoy, they've done something. it may be good or bad depending on your opinion, but at least it's something.
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