While on a recent set visit for the upcoming supernatural thriller 7500 being helmed by director Takashi Shimizu, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with producer Roy Lee, who gave us some insight on what’s in the works for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake as well as the potential for new films in both the The Grudge and The Ring franchises.
In terms of new Grudge and Ring flicks, Lee mentioned that he’s been in talks to see if there are potential films to be made for both franchises. “We are looking to do a new version of The Grudge; we just aren’t sure what exactly that will be. We’ve been hearing takes from writers on just what they could bring to the table for a new version, but nothing’s official yet.”
“We’re in the same situation for The Ring as we are for The Grudge. We’re currently hearing takes to see which direction we should go in, whether it’s a third movie or a reboot altogether. We actually are having a script written right now to see if it works in terms of restarting The Ring franchise but nothing official just yet.”
Producer Lee also gave us some insight on what fans can expect from director Lee’s retelling of the classic Park Chan-wook thriller saying, “We’re working from a brand new script by Mark Protosevich (Thor, The Cell, I Am Legend) for Oldboy so it’s a completely new script than what was out there before. It is a very similar story to the original, but Mark has added some new elements that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story, but it eventually goes in the same direction.”
Lee added, “The ending will be something that the audiences, especially fans of the original, will be happy with and, in fact, some may consider it a bit darker. We also do a different interpretation of the ‘hallway scene’ that should hopefully be Spike’s signature moment in the movie.”
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