Mandate Pictures has officially announced that Spike Lee is their choice to direct the company’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s critically and commercially acclaim revenge thriller “Oldboy”. (To my surprise, according to the press release the remake will retain the “Oldboy” title.) Lee will direct from a script by “I am Legend’s” Mark Protosevich, with Lee producing along with Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment.
Mandate President Nathan Kahane will also executive produce. “It’s a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,” said Kahane.
“Oldboy” tells the story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday. For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his release, must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. The original film, released in 2003, directed by Chan-wook Park won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
“Oldboy” is one of the most visceral, screwed up movie that have come along in a long, long time. Lee is certainly an interesting choice to bring it to an American audience.
Trailer for the original to get you caught up: