While 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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