Josh Brolin and writer/director Spike Lee have enough respect to quiet naysayers. And that’s exactly what happened when Josh Brolin was cast in Lee’s remake of 2003′s Oldboy. The original is a cult Korean film by Chan-wook Park that won the Grand Prize at Cannes (and is currently in the top 100 films of all time according to IMDb), and originally fans were perturbed that anyone would consider such a remake. But the tide has turned, and there’s new goodwill for the project that comes from Brolin and Lee.
Resentment toward the remake was born mostly of Hollywood snapping up anything Asian and popular after the huge success of The Ring and Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed – a remake of Infernal Affairs – but that cycle of remakes has disintegrated. For a while it seemed like Bong Joon-ho’s The Host was next on the block, but that remake seems to have fallen by the wayside. Sadly, if Lee’s adaptation works, it may clear the way for more remakes.
Brolin was on the shortlist for the project, and recently Christian Bale was mentioned as a lead. The original follows a man imprisoned for thirteen years by an unknown person, and gets out looking for revenge. Though main character appears to be Brolin’s role, the part of the man who imprisoned him is also a substantial part, and could go to someone like Bale.
Have you seen 2003 film Oldboy?