Oldboy Remake Not Proceeding After All

Will Smith & Steven Spielberg's Oldboy Redux is DEAD!Last we heard about the proposed Oldboy redux that was in the capable, but rather incongruous, hands of Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, it was moving forward despite some wrangling over various rights issues. Now, however, it seems to be a dead deal with DreamWorks deciding to walk away from the project completely.

Our friends over at Latino Review got the scoop from a “trusted source” that Mandate and DreamWorks didn’t see eye to eye, [and] therefore DreamWorks has apparently walked away. As we mentioned in our previous story about the film’s tangled legal mess (click here for the whole thing), South Korean sales company Cineclick Asia, which represented the original film in international territories, actually negotiated the remake deal with Universal. Universal brought in Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment to produce the picture, and then Mandate acquired the rights from Universal. DreamWorks secured remake rights from Mandate, which remains involved in the project.

Despite repeated assurances that the Spielberg/Smith venture was to be based on the original manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya and not Chan-wook Park’s masterful 2003 film, fans have been up in arms over this endeavor since it was first announced. At least now their ruffled feathers can be smoothed over, and we can all move on to the next ridiculous sounding remake news to come out of Hollywood.

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  • Evil Alien

    My feathers are back to normal.

  • jkincer

    This is the best movie news i’ve read this year! While I enjoyed the manga, Park’s movie version is in my top twenty movies of all time. The ideal of the fresh prince stepping into that roll still sends a shiver up my spine. True horror is getting ‘jiggy’ with a claw hammer.

  • Mephistopheles

    I think the claims that they were adapting the manga was a way for Spielberg and co. to save face (“We’re not remaking it! It’s COMPLETELY different!”) and to have a convenient excuse not to touch the controversial content that Park introduced while still riding on the coattails of the original’s success.

    Imagine if someone were to make a film based on the novel Jaws and not expect people to compare it to what Spielberg did. And then multiply that by ten, as *no one* knows about the original manga.

    So yeah, I’m glad this has gone the way of the dodo. Chances are someone else will snatch it up soon, but hopefully it’ll be someone who won’t shy away from what Park did.

    • The Woman In Black

      I’m thinking the various convoluted rights issues are going to keep this one dead and buried for a good long while. At least I sure hope so!