Spike Lee Taking on Oldboy Remake?

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Spike Lee, OldboyThe last we heard about the proposed remake of the cult classic Oldboy, it was put out to pasture and not happening. Now a few months later news has come that it wasn’t as dead as we originally had thought.

According to Twitch, Spike Lee is currently in talks to direct the long-rumored Hollywood remake of Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy.

A US remake of the revenge classic first surfaced in 2008 with word that both Steven Spielberg (in some capacity) and Will Smith were eyeing the project, and now it appears to finally be moving ahead.

The film is set up at Mandate Pictures with Doug Davison and Roy Lee producing and Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) writing the script.

Look for more on this one soon.

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An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.

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  • Vanvance1

    Golly gee, I wonder if the lead will be black. Maybe he can even work in some references as to how oppressed American blacks are.

    I’m sure he’ll win another award at the all black awards show (it’s not racist because it’s all black not all white).

  • LSD Zombie

    After the bad joke that was Miracle at St. Anna, I’ve lost all respect and interest for the guy.

  • The Buz

    Would LOVE to see Spike Lee tackle it, but Ice Cube? I mean…I love 3 Kings…I just don’t think he’s right for the part.

  • kiddcapone

    Oldboy will now be portrayed by Ice Cube…sweet! I just tapped that fine hoe’s ass, you better axe somebody…oh wait, she’s my what ?????? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • will graham

      Why the hell would Spike Lee wanna work with Ice Cube? Seriously Spike no doubt hates him because of the whole gangsta rap.
      More like Denziel Washington.

      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).

  • DavidFullam

    Well that’s a recipe for “no one goes to see it.”

  • jkincer

    Oh hell no, I just puked all over my keyboard. This train wreck just went from bad to worse.