Two weeks ago is was announced that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith would be teaming up to remake Oldboy. The reaction was less than positive. The film is a classic and fans were not taking to the idea of a dulled down American remake. Will Smith officially confirmed to FilmSchoolRejects on the red carpet for Seven Pounds that yes he will be starring in version of Oldboy, but it’s not based off Chan-wook Park‘s 2003 version.
Here is what he had to say…
We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material. There’s the original comics of ‘Oldboy’ that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film…,” said Smith.
According the FSR Spielberg will not be obtaining the rights to the film, but to the novel.
So does this mean that they are truly trying to tap into the source of Oldboy and not just slaughter it for an American box office payday? Will this really be a different film? Or is this just a lot of babble?
What do you think? Are you excited for the film?