It seems like we’ve been talking about the potential for a remake of Park Chan-wook’s film Oldboy for years. Spike Lee finally came on to direct, with Josh Brolin in the title role, playing a man who is kidnapped and held in a strange prison for 20 years. Released just as unceremoniously as he was taken, the man is encouraged to find the identity of his kidnapper, and in so doing eventually comes face to face with uncomfortable truths about his past.
The first trailer for the film — a red-band look at the footage — is out now, and you can see it below. We’ve heard a lot about how this film was going to try to ride the line between being faithful to Park’s film and going back to the manga upon which it was based (with a few new ideas thrown in for good measure) but what we see in this trailer looks like a pretty faithful recreation of Park’s film.
That said, there are a few details that do appear to set this version apart. I’m left wondering how this one will really be different, and what stamp Spike Lee will have imprinted upon it. To me, this trailer says “we know what you expect to see, so here’s a highlight reel to prove we know the material.” That’s well and good, but I hope this isn’t a note-for-note cover song. Read More »
Over the past several years, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy has been established as a modern classic. The intense, surprising and violent revenge story of one man mysteriously imprisoned for years, then released out of the blue, has struck a chord with audiences worldwide. In America, however, a foreign film can unfortunately only gain so much popular traction, which is (part of) why Spike Lee was hired to direct a remake. That remake, out October 25, starts its marketing this week with a trailer on Wednesday and a poster right now.
The poster isn’t just some artistic rendering, however. It’s a still from the film of star Josh Brolin finally being released after years of captivity. Check it out in full below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Briefly: It took a long time for the English-language remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Oldboy to come together. Now FilmDistrict is asking audiences to stay patient just a tiny while longer.
The Spike Lee-directed thriller has been pushed back two weeks, from October 11 to October 25. It’s not a massive difference, but it pits the film against some different competitors. The only other major release currently scheduled for the 25th is Paranormal Activity 5, whereas on October 11 Oldboy would’ve been up against Captain Phillips, Haunts, and The Fifth Estate.
The news that Oldboy would get an American remake was initially met with dismay by fans of the original, but there’s reason to hope Lee’s remake will do it justice. For starters, it’s locked in a great cast including Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley. For another, the early buzz is that the new film stays faithful but not too faithful to the original. If we’re lucky, it could turn out to be just the dark, twisted entertainment we crave during the Halloween season.
Is your pop culture art collection cluttered with too many huge movie posters? Do you have a full stack of 27 x 40 inch paper laying around and not enough wall space to display? Are you looking for something smaller, more tasteful but still as awesome and exciting? Mike Mitchell is here to help.
Mitchell is one of the most popular artists out there today. He first gained national attention with his “I’m With Coco” poster for Conan O’Brien and has continued to do beautiful work putting a unique spin on popular culture. Last year, his Just Like Us exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles started a collectors craze and now he’s back for his second show. This one takes popular, and some not-so-popular, movie characters and provides them each with a detailed, classy portrait.
The exhibit opens Friday April 26 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and, after the jump, you can see about half the images in the show. Read More »
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. Read More »
Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
- Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
- Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
- Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
- Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.
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These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.
Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.
White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.
After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »
Conan the Barbarian isn’t the only guy getting the Unforgiven treatment. The 1991 Clint Eastwood western has become a genre landmark, essentially nailing shut the concept of the anti-hero created when the spaghetti western subgenre flowered with A Fistful of Dollars in 1964.
Now Ken Watanabe is playing the Eastwood role in a Japanese-produced remake of Unforgiven, which is set in Japan in 1880. Lee Sang-il directs, with part of the film oriented around Japan’s transition out of very secluded tradition to a more modern society able to come to terms with outside influence. That conflict has been played out in Japanese cinema many times before, especially as many samurai films were essentially rebranded westerns. So this remake seems like nearly an inevitability.
See some shots from the film below, along with a few other news items:
- Simon West will direct a remake of the Burt Reynolds film Heat,
- the new Mortal Kombat film has a rough budget,
- Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and a bizarre stranger caught in Oldboy set pics,
- and an Oldboy cast member talks about Brolin’s physical transformations for the film.
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Briefly: Spike Lee‘s remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 classic Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, has now been given a release date. You’ll get to see the hammer-fighting, revenge-seeking, mind-melt of a film on October 11, 2013 according to Box Office Mojo. For more on the film, including some set photos and more, check out our Oldboy archive.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
The American remake of Oldboy was stuck in development hell for so long, it was unclear it’d ever get made. But Spike Lee and his financiers have persevered, and now cameras are actually rolling on the revenge thriller — as you can see from a fresh batch of set photos showing Lee, his star Josh Brolin, and more.
Meanwhile, the project’s also making one last-minute change to its lineup. James Ransone has stepped up to replace his Red Hook Summer co-star Nate Parker in a supporting role, after the latter was forced to drop out due to scheduling issues. Read more and check out the new images after the jump.
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