Spike Lee‘s upcoming Oldboy remake has been rapidly building up speed, with Lee revealing more and more as we inch closer to the film’s eventual release. Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin are leading the film, with a cameo appearance by Samuel L. Jackson.
Park Chan-wook‘s original film is still a classic in my eyes, but I’m certainly interested in what Lee plans to do with the story under his lens. Lee is far from a commercial director, so seeing him pickup such a prestigious title to adapt is a surprise in itself. I’m sure he won’t disappoint fans of the original film, but I’m also certain that he’s going to be making a few changes to fit his style, which might upset just a few.
Lee is a filmmaker that I respect and more importantly one that I trust. I’m sure his version of Oldboy will be able to service the fans of the original, while also becoming its own unique vision, much like David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
FilmDistrict has officially picked up the film for distribution, which is great, because they have a tendency for releasing quality films, like Drive!
With the news of Oldboy finding a home we also have the first official synopsis, which reads very similar to the original.
Check it out below:
“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 illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.”