Whether you agree with the remake or not, it is happening, and thanks to Film District, there is no escaping it. The company just acquired US distribution rights to Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, and have a cinema release of 2013 in their sights. Film District released the classic dark thriller Drive last year, and also the terrific horror Insidious.
Now that the film has found itself distribution, an official synopsis has been released, and you can view it at the bottom of this post. I have said all I need to say on the remake in previous posts: I don’t agree with it, it should never have been allowed, and the only thing that has me intrigued into watching the film is the superb cast.
Spike Lee will direct the remake which is based on Park Chan-wook’s second film in his superb ‘Vengeance Trilogy’ (starting with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and ending with Lady Vengeance). The cast includes Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley.
OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation
By Matt Wavish