Some film’s you just can’t stop from being made, especially when Steven Spielberg is it’s driving force. A few weeks back we told you about the legal woes that are currently surrounding the director’s adaptation of the Japanese manga, Oldboy. The book was already produced into a successful live action film by Chan-wook Park, and Spielberg along with Will Smith want to do the same for the American audience. Too bad the manga’s publisher Futabasha is pissed, and are doing everything in their power to keep this from happening.
See what Spielberg has to say about the film’s future after the jump.
Futabasha is suing the Korean production company Show East over the remake rights to the story, since they’re supposed to help produce the English version. Even amidst all the legal turmoil, IGN states that Spielberg and Smith are “moving forward” with the film. If I were them I would be a bit more concerned at this point, and I’m not referring to the drama inside the courtroom.
Apparently, since Futabasha started it’s attack, Show East has closed down and their CEO Kim Dong-Ju is missing! If that wasn’t enough, all attempts to contact the companies ex-staff members have fallen on deaf ears. Everyone seems to be “unreachable.” “We haven’t been able to confirm that Show East is bankrupt, and at this stage we’re not sure what effect this will have on the legal case,” a Futabasha spokesperson said.
This sounds dangerous and suspicious. I know Spielberg and Smith are powerhouses in Hollywood, but do they want to go up against these guys? They scare me, and I’m not even involved.
What do you think of Spielberg and Smith’s decision to continue with the Oldboy?