Oh Boy. Spike Lee is Officially Confirmed for The Oldboy Remake

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:



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  • Heroshinwoo

    No! Oh well, this is never getting an American remake IMO.

  • Brent

    How bad are they going to have to screw up the story in order even get it into American theaters?

  • juggernaut

    I think I’ll be passing on this.

  • deviant

    fuck nooooooooooooooo

  • Massey

    this movie DOES NOT need a remake!

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

    I love how everyone is asuming they’re remaking the movie and not adapting the manga which was tonally very different. Give it a chance. They may be as different as Dracula movies based on Bram Stoker’s novel.

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

      Also people should go to wiki as they list the differences in the story between the Manga and the movie: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldboy

      • juggernaut

        I’ll be doing that. Thanks!

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

    I love how everyone is asuming they’re remaking the movie and not adapting the manga which was tonally very different. Give it a chance. They may be as different as Dracula movies based on Bram Stoker’s novel.

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

    I love how everyone is asuming they’re remaking the movie and not adapting the manga which was tonally very different. Give it a chance. They may be as different as Dracula movies based on Bram Stoker’s novel.

  • Anonymous

    i predict….he’ll replace the dumpling house with pizza shops.

    • juggernaut

      Yeah and Danny Aiello can be the owner! Lol!