Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Simone, James Ransone
Release Date: October 11
Who can blame folks for vehemently decrying the existence of an Oldboy remake? The 2003 original, directed by the excellent South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, is a masterwork of unbridled violence and twisty, elegant storytelling. Watching it, one can't help but think that Hollywood would never have the proverbial balls to execute such a raw, uncompromising character study.
So why are we so excited about an American Oldboy? Because its director just so happens to be one of Hollywood's bravest, most unrestricted filmmakers. Though he's certainly not an obvious choice for the gig, Spike Lee's involvement with Oldboy bodes well for the producers' desires to not take the easy, predictable way out. They've also cast a fully capable leading man in Josh Brolin, who'll drop bodies and (possibly) self-mutilate as a wrongly imprisoned man who's now free and looking to destroy those responsible for ruining his life.
Still not happy? Consider this: Before Lee and Brolin, the Oldboy remake team consisted of the much safer pairing of Steven Spielberg and Will Smith.