Is Spike Lee Bringing his Righteous Indignation to the Long-Gestating Oldboy Remake?

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Hollywood has been trying to remake Park Chan-Wook’s revenge thriller “Oldboy” for a while now. At one point, Will Smith and Steven Spielberg got involved and a screenwriter hired. But if two powerhouses of cinema like those two couldn’t get this thing rolling, what chance does … Spike Lee have? I don’t know the answer to that, but according to their sources, the boys at Twitch says the “Do the Right Thing” director is currently “in talks” to direct the remake.

The site doesn’t cite any sources, named or unnamed, just that they’ve “learned” of the ongoing talks between the director and the producers, including the notorious Roy Lee, who has never met an Asian film he didn’t want to remake in Hollywood. Google Lee’s name; if you’re one of those Asian cinema purists who hates all the recent slew of American remakes, chances are Lee was responsible for 90% of them in some capacity or another. I kid you not.

The original “Oldboy” by Park starred Min-sik Choi as a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years without knowing the reasons why, only to find himself suddenly released, after which he goes in search of his captors to deliver some payback. Much asskicking ensue.

Lee’s last feature film was 2008’s World War II movie “Miracle at St. Anna”, and he’s been keeping busy on TV since.

Here’s a scene from “Oldboy”. YOU try fighting a bunch of guys in a tight corridor with a knife sticking out of your back…

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  • Anonymous

    no ty & gtfo Spike.

  • Anonymous

    no ty & gtfo Spike.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Glad you don’t give away the twists in the film cause they are mindfucks and half! I think Spike Lee could do something pretty good with this as long as he doesn’t skimp on the action. I’d put Idris Elba in this since he didn’t get the part in Django. He’s got the gravitas for the dramatic parts and the build for the action. Or Denzel. They are both age appropriate. The main actor can’t be too young.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Which twist? That he’s actually dead all along and that it’s all in his mind?

      • juggernaut

        He’s autistic and is looking into a snow globe.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Dude, don’t give away the twist ending!!!

        • Anonymous

          But then you have to remember the “Cheers” crossover, which means “Fraiser” AND “Wings”… were all in his HEAD!!

      • juggernaut

        He’s autistic and is looking into a snow globe.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Ha! Ha! You damnned well what I’m talking about. Messed me up man! Messed me up! I have the whole Vengeance Trilogy, and I had to take a break after Old Boy. I also have and need to watch “I Saw the Devil”

        Sent on the go.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Which twist? That he’s actually dead all along and that it’s all in his mind?

    • juggernaut

      I don’t see Spike Lee doing this justice. Spike Jones on the other hand… also I’m not exactly sure why only black actors are being rumored for the main role. I get that Will Smith was attached to the Spielberg produced adaptation and now Lee is attached and mainly does films with black casts. But the characters in the original were asian. Why can’t the american version cast english speaking asians? Or whites? Or hispanics? Or any other race?

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        I dunno. I think he could do it but Jones is a better choice. As for the actors I was only following the “Will Smith” casting. The fact the original starred an asian is a moot point cause it was an Asian movie. That’s like saying the original “Blood Simple” starred Americans. LoL. I’m all for anyone good in the part, black, white, hispanic etc, but I’d rather they not use an asian actor simply because then you’re trying to make an american remake of an asian film with an asian actor with the film set in America. Change the race to distance the remake I say. The cultural issues aren’t major to the story so any race can really work.

        Sent on the go.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          No one’s going to watch a movie with an asian in the lead. They release it on 500 screens and make $500 dollars (it might be more if all the asians didn’t theater hop into after watching a different movie. It would all come from the same theater in Orange County while the other 499 theaters would be empty.

          Just can’t see it that happening. I might be a little jaded.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          No one’s going to watch a movie with an asian in the lead. They release it on 500 screens and make $500 dollars (it might be more if all the asians didn’t theater hop into after watching a different movie. It would all come from the same theater in Orange County while the other 499 theaters would be empty.

          Just can’t see it that happening. I might be a little jaded.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          No one’s going to watch a movie with an asian in the lead. They release it on 500 screens and make $500 dollars (it might be more if all the asians didn’t theater hop into after watching a different movie. It would all come from the same theater in Orange County while the other 499 theaters would be empty.

          Just can’t see it that happening. I might be a little jaded.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            Jet Li and Jackie Chan opened plenty of movies back in their Hollywood heyday, but of course, they were all established names with fanbases in the States, but isn’t that the case with most movies? You get a named actor, they can open a movie; you don’t, and it’s hit-or-miss.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            Jet Li and Jackie Chan opened plenty of movies back in their Hollywood heyday, but of course, they were all established names with fanbases in the States, but isn’t that the case with most movies? You get a named actor, they can open a movie; you don’t, and it’s hit-or-miss.

          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            That might work. It’s not much of a speaking part.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Really? I thought both “Ninja Assassin” and “Warrior’s Way” were both decent and neither really bombed.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Really? I thought both “Ninja Assassin” and “Warrior’s Way” were both decent and neither really bombed.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Really? I thought both “Ninja Assassin” and “Warrior’s Way” were both decent and neither really bombed.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            Box office wise, Ninja Assassin did moderately okay (though it’s no hit), but the Warrior’s Way was a complete financial disaster.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Box office wise. I’m not looking for a sequel, let’s see how it does on Dvd.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            I think Warrior’s Way bombed pretty big.

            Ninja Assassin did ok I think, but that’s a b movie in my book. It’s having a nice run on HBO and probably disc sales are ok.

            An Oldboy remake with Spike Lee at the helm with an asian actor just doesn’t quite compute.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            That I agree on. As I said changing the race of the character distances it from the original. But I don’t think you can truly say a movie with an Asian lead will not do well because the star is Asian. We’ll watch anything with annyone. Lol have you not seen some of the stuff that makes money? It just needs to be “good” and I use that term because its all opinion. But if the movie has a certain demographic they better make damn sure they hit it AND make it accesible for the general public.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            That I agree on. As I said changing the race of the character distances it from the original. But I don’t think you can truly say a movie with an Asian lead will not do well because the star is Asian. We’ll watch anything with annyone. Lol have you not seen some of the stuff that makes money? It just needs to be “good” and I use that term because its all opinion. But if the movie has a certain demographic they better make damn sure they hit it AND make it accesible for the general public.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            That I agree on. As I said changing the race of the character distances it from the original. But I don’t think you can truly say a movie with an Asian lead will not do well because the star is Asian. We’ll watch anything with annyone. Lol have you not seen some of the stuff that makes money? It just needs to be “good” and I use that term because its all opinion. But if the movie has a certain demographic they better make damn sure they hit it AND make it accesible for the general public.

            Sent on the go.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            That I agree on. As I said changing the race of the character distances it from the original. But I don’t think you can truly say a movie with an Asian lead will not do well because the star is Asian. We’ll watch anything with annyone. Lol have you not seen some of the stuff that makes money? It just needs to be “good” and I use that term because its all opinion. But if the movie has a certain demographic they better make damn sure they hit it AND make it accesible for the general public.

            Sent on the go.

      • juggernaut

        I thought that Michael Shannon would have been good for the lead.

      • juggernaut

        I thought that Michael Shannon would have been good for the lead.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          See I can see that! John Leguizamo would be good too!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Glad you don’t give away the twists in the film cause they are mindfucks and half! I think Spike Lee could do something pretty good with this as long as he doesn’t skimp on the action. I’d put Idris Elba in this since he didn’t get the part in Django. He’s got the gravitas for the dramatic parts and the build for the action. Or Denzel. They are both age appropriate. The main actor can’t be too young.

  • Anonymous

    Gary Oldman would make a great Oldboy :-x just saying

  • Anonymous

    Gary Oldman would make a great Oldboy :-x just saying

  • Anonymous

    Gary Oldman would make a great Oldboy :-x just saying

  • Anonymous

    Gary Oldman would make a great Oldboy :-x just saying

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always thought the original was way overrated, so maybe not a remake so much as a different adaptation of the original manga may turn out pretty good.