Spike Lee’s Oldboy Remake Will be Different … But Also the Same

Oldboy (2003) Movie PosterRemember those good ol carefree days when an “Oldboy” remake based on the South Korean original by Chan-wook Park was discussed and big stars were attached and big directors were interested, but then all of it went up in a poof! of smoke? Well, those days are long gone, my friend, and the remake is very much in play, with Spike Lee behind the cameras and Josh Brolin in front of it, and either Christian Bale or Colin Firth rumored for the lead bad guy. (Personally, a crazed/slick bad-guy-in-a-suit Bale would be awesome.)

The boys at the horror site Shock Til You Drop (I haven’t a clue what a horror site is doing reporting on this movie; I mean, it’s violent, but it’s not a horror movie in the slightest — but I digress), recently cornered one of the film’s producers, remake king Roy Lee (if there is a Hollywood remake of an Asian movie and you hated it, there is a 70-80% chance that Roy Lee was the one who made the remake happen in the first place), and got this bit out of him in regards to the remake of “Oldboy”:

“We are planning to shoot ‘Old Boy’ in March and that should start pre-production in late January,” he said. “This is a brand new script by Mark Protosevich. It is very similar to the film, but Protosevich has added new elements that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but eventually go in the same direction. The ending will be something audiences–especially fans of the original movie–will be very happy with. Some may consider it a bit darker.” He added that “there’s going to be a different interpretation of the hallway scene that is hopefully going to be Spike’s signature moment in the movie that he wants to show in a way that has never been seen in an action movie.”

So yes, it’ll be like the Chan-wook Park original, but kind of different. The ending will apparently have a slightly “darker” twist. Really? The original ending wasn’t dark enough? Well, I suppose they could just kill off **** to make it darker, right?

Anyways, that’s the latest on the remake of “Oldboy”. I’m still waiting for them to change the title, by the way, to something generic like, “Revenge” or some such. “Oldboy” sounds fine as the title of a movie from South Korea (you expect foreign movie titles to be peculiar when translated Internationally), but it’s just odd-sounding in English.

Also, here’s that aforementioned hallway fight scene:

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