You don’t have to be an Asian movie snob to think that remaking Chan-wook Park’s “Oldboy” is probably not a really good idea. But then to announce you’re not really going to remake the Korean movie, but will actually go back to the original Japanese manga source material for your version? As if Park’s version was somehow lacking? That was just bound to rile up a lot of people, especially the aforementioned Asian movie snobs. But that’s all a moot point now, because according to Latino Review, the remake is dead. D-E-D. Dead.
Citing “trusted sources”, LR claims that the remake is dead because Dreamworks and Mandate couldn’t agree on how to proceed with the movie in a timely enough manner. As a result, Steven Spielberg, who was supposed to direct, and Will Smith, who was supposed to star, have walked away from the project.
I don’t know, though. Spielberg is Spielberg, and I think he could have done a pretty decent adaptation, especially if he were to ignore the Park movie and go back to the Japanese manga. The result would be two completely different films, and not necessarily a remake.
Anyways, all academic now, I suppose.