For several years now there have been many rumors of an “Oldboy” remake. I’m not sure how many people haven’t heard of this film, but if you haven’t, you might want to stop reading and check it out. After viewing the movie, come back and read this article. It started with Steven Spielberg being attached to direct it alongside actor Will Smith. Then, Spielberg was out of the picture along with Will Smith. There were a few ideas of who would take on this challenge of remaking a film that has helped push Korean films to western cultures. Then it all stopped when Spike Lee got the rights to make the film. Along with Lee, Josh Brolin will be playing that of Choi Min-Sik’s character in the original.
Since the rumors began, those of us who have seen the original have been ver weary of a remake. Especially when Spielberg was in talks of the directing it. He has been a pioneer for the film industry, however, I think if he were to do a remake of “Oldboy” it just wouldn’t do the film justice. Those that know Spike Lee’s films however, might feel slightly different. He is known for taking films to a new level and not conforming to the “Hollywood standards.”
Lee has gone on to say, “The ending will be something that the audiences will all be, especially the fans of the original, will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker.” But how much darker can one make “Oldboy”? The original is already quite dark and gruesome so we will have to wait till Lee’s version comes out this fall. One more fear; is the “average” movie goer ready for this type of film?