Those of you who are excited about Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of Oldboy have reasons to rejoice this morning—the film has just gotten both a distributor and a plot summary, which includes a few differences from the original film (but not enough, seemingly, to justify a remake of a great film but whatever).
First off, the distributor—FilmDistrict has picked up the remake starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nate Parker. FilmDistrist has previously released such films as Drive, The Rum Diary, and Lockout, and is set to release the Red Dawn remake later this year.
As for the plot summary, well, it’s basically the same plot of the original film and manga, but with a few differences:
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.
Fans of Park Chan-wook’s original South Korean film will remember that the protagonist was only locked up for five years, and that the young woman he meets was a chef, not a social worker. While these changes seem minor, Lee has also hinted that the original, pitch-black ending might be reworked to be ever darker this time around (if you’ve seen the original film, it’s kind of hard to think of an even darker ending than what already happens, so who knows). It will be interesting to see how Lee reworks the original film, and if he’ll manage to outdo the original.
What do you think of the Oldboy news?