Josh Brolin is Officially Oldboy’s Revenge-Minded Badass

Josh BrolinWell, there were a lot of candidates for the job (some more excellent than others — Christian Bale, for one; and on the other side of the planet, Will Friggin Smith), but as it turns out, Josh Brolin, perhaps looking to rebound from some major clunkers after his breakthrough turn in “No Country for Old Men”, has officially boarded Mandate Pictures’ Spike Lee-directed remake of the South Korean revenge thriller “Oldboy”.

In the film, Brolin would play an ordinary man who is snatched off the streets and held captive for 15 years in a private prison without explanation. One day he’s mysteriously released, after which he goes in search of his captors for some good old fashioned payback.

Who knows if the film will end up using the same title (“Oldboy” just sounds … strange when it’s not an Asian movie, don’t you think?), but Deadline says Lee will be directing from a script by “I am Legend’s” Mark Protosevich.

The 2003 original was directed by Park Chan-wook, and was part of his “Vengeance” trilogy of films centered around the theme of, well, vengeance. It was a major hit in South Korea as well as Internationally, and as a result a redo has been rumored for years now. Thanks to Remake Kings Roy Lee and Doug Davison, who have yet to spot an Asian movie they didn’t want to remake, an American version of “Oldboy” is now closer to reality.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…



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  • Heroshinwoo

    Brolin would BR perfect. He’s closer to the age of 50 than the other candidates.

  • Heroshinwoo

    Be*

  • Brent

    While I don’t like the fact that Oldboy is being remade at all, at least Brolin is someone I respect and who would probably be as good as we can hope for.

  • Dkanem

    I wonder if Bale would still come on to play the villain. Now that would be an awesome film! Brolin opposite a younger Bale!

    • Juggernaut

      That would be cool!

    • Juggernaut

      That would be cool!

  • Johan

    Of all the money making whoring ideas that came out of the shit hole of moviemaking called Hollywood, this had got to be on the top 10 dumbest ideas Ive ever heard of!
    Americans are seriously not so stupid they only have to watch american movies. Well some are, but most people with an average IQ can enjoy foreign films. Remaking Oldboy is an insult to movies themselves.

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

    I hate how everyone is saying this is a remake of the Korean film. It’s not, its an adaptation of the original Manga which was VERY different from the film. I suggest people read up on those differences here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldboy If anything well get a cross between the two. And the idea of Brown and Bale playing opposite each other is awesome.

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

      I have to kinda disagree with you on this one Dedpool.

      True Grit was suppose to be an adaptation of the book, but when I mentioned that, I was corrected because there was only about 10mins difference with the original movie.

      However, I’d say this is a remake of the Korean original film and not the manga (regardless of what Spike Lee’s claiming for some street creed), because if the Korean version was not made, this Hollywood one would not be done as that manga would not be on the radar for anyone in Hollywood.

      Hollywood probably didn’t even know there’s manga that doesn’t involve Mechas or samurai swords.

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

        I agree Hollywood wouldn’t know about the manganese, but the statement was made that it’d be closer to the manganese came BEFORE Spike Lee was named director. That was the statement when Will Smith was rumored to be apart of it. I hope that as.I said its a mix of the two so it can be an original adaptation.
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      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        I agree Hollywood wouldn’t know about the manganese, but the statement was made that it’d be closer to the manganese came BEFORE Spike Lee was named director. That was the statement when Will Smith was rumored to be apart of it. I hope that as.I said its a mix of the two so it can be an original adaptation.
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