Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, drawn from both the Park Chan-wook film and the manga that inspired it, is getting closer to release, with a date planned for this fall, but it remains more or less a mystery. Sure, we know the basics: that Josh Brolin plays a guy kidnapped off the street one night and held in a strange prison for many years. Unceremoniously released, he sets out on the trail of the person responsible for his ordeal, and finds surprises as well as the culprit.
Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays a big role, as does Elizabeth Olsen. We don’t have any footage to show you, but we do have a teaser poster. In addition to that, there’s an early report out of a test screening that was held not long ago.
First up, the poster, which comes from CinemaCon. Collider has a couple shots, but they amount to the same thing.
Update: the official file for the poster was released, so you can now see the day-counting design much more clearly.
In addition, JoBlo heard from someone who attended a test screening of the film. As always, take semi-anonymous test screening comments with a grain of salt, but there are a few things that might reassure those concerned about the remake. This bit makes Lee’s film sound like it rides the line between faithful remake and new interpretation, as we’ve heard:
There are only minor changes, with stuff like the prison sequence being longer and some tweaks to the ending. It’s not shot for shot by any means either, so if you see it, you should definitely expect things to be different and to cringe all over again…Much like the original, acts two and three are very sadistic and “wrong.”
Lee’s touch is reportedly noticable (“Even if you didn’t know that he directed the movie, the soundtrack, cinematography, vibe and feel of the movie scream Spike Lee”) while Brolin’s character is compared to the lead from Breaking Bad (“you feel for him, you root for him, but that does not make him a good guy”) and Copley’s work garners praise (“I couldn’t even recognize him. He honestly blew me away with how good he was”).
There’s more at JoBlo, but given that this was a rough cut screening, we’ll wait for something more final before really getting into details.
Oldboy opens on October 11.
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