Yet more remake news: apparently Samuel L. Jackson is set to get tortured by Josh Brolin in a pivotal scene for Spike Lee‘s remake of Chan-wook Park‘s revenge thriller classic Old Boy (2003). Read on for more.
Jackson, one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, has appeared in movies that have grossed $11.7 billion worldwide including all three Star Wars prequels, Pixar Animation‘s The Incredibles and both Iron Man movies.
Recently he reprised his role as Nick Fury in the summer’s biggest blockbuster Marvel‘s The Avengers which put him right at the top with another $1.4 billion made by that movie alone. Which means Jackson can pretty much pick and choose what he wants to work on these days.
But back in the old days, before Jackson rose to such heights, he appeared in a number of Spike Lee’s earlier films, including School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, and the duo recently appeared on stage together at the BET Awards.
Later this year, Jackson will co-star in Quentin Tarantino‘s anticipated Western Django Unchained, which according to IMDb features a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
According to ComingSoon, Old Boy is scheduled to start filming in New York and Louisiana this fall, produced by Mandate Pictures, and Spike Lee has chosen a more unconventional composer to score the movie; Bruce Hornsby, the piano-playing songwriter best known for his 1986 hit “The Way It Is”. Hornsby scored Lee’s baskeball doc Kobe Doin’ Work, and his latest film Red Hook Summer, which opened in theaters last week.
Hornsby recently told The Times: “I’m working on a few things and I’ll send them to Spike soon. The ‘D’ word (referring to the dark tone) has been spoken to me by him, but I think the score will also run the gamut.”
It’s not the first time an Old Boy remake has been on the horizon… Will Smith was set to star in Spielberg‘s adaptation, but it dropped off the radar back in 2009, and we thought (hoped) it was the last we’d hear of this. Unfortunately not.
Sorry to address the obvious, but it’s not even 10 years since the original Old Boy came out – is a remake really necessary?
What do you think?