Josh Brolin Will Seek Revenge in Spike Lee’s Oldboy

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Josh Brolin Will Seek Revenge in Spike Lee's OldboyWhile we wait to see if Christian Bale will be playing the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake for Mandate Pictures as has been speculated, it was officially announced today that Josh Brolin (who was mentioned as being at the top of Mandate’s wishlist back in July) is starring in the revenge tale.

According to Deadline, Brolin will topline the redo, which begins production in March. Brolin, who just wrapped Men in Black 3 with Will Smith, next begins work on Warner Bros.’ Gangster Squad. Apparently he’ll squeeze in Oldboy before shooting Jason Reitman’s Labor Day opposite Kate Winslet; that movie is set to begin production in June.

The new script for Oldboy was adapted by Mark Protosevich, who will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce via Vertigo Entertainment with Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce.

Originally DreamWorks was looking to pick up remake rights from Chan-Wook Park’s original film in 2008, with the idea that Steven Spielberg would direct Will Smith. The story centers on a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life.

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  • DavidFullam

    Lee + Brolin = Flop.

    • The Buz

      But probably a great movie.

  • LifeMi

    Is Josh Brolin playing the villain or the hero?

    • The Woman In Black

      Pretty sure he’ll be the “hero”, if you can really call the character that after what he does in the film (assuming they keep the same ending as the original).

      • LifeMi

        I’ve never seen Oldboy, but I was under the impression Bale was being considered to play the villain who imprisons Dae-Su, not the hero.

        • The Woman In Black

          You are correct — I didn’t remember all the details of the Bale story we ran previously but just double-checked. Reworded this one so it makes more sense with Bale possibly still in the running.