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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Good news for Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy: the film was picked up today by FilmDistrict, the company that released Drive. Along with that pickup comes some cast confirmation, so we know for certain that Josh Brolin will play a man kidnapped and imprisoned for years, Elizabeth Olsen will play the young woman he meets upon his release, and Sharlto Copley plays the villain. (Samuel L. Jackson and Nate Parker also have small roles.)

Along with that pickup comes an official press release, and in that release is a solid official synopsis for the film, giving us some new info about what changes Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich have made to the story.  Read More »

Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson have worked together four times, but their last film together was released over 20 years ago, before Jackson found a new level of fame thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Those four films, School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Mo Better Blues, and Jungle Fever, were the core of Lee’s first wave as a director, and it is exciting to hear that Jackson will finally have a gig in a new joint from Lee.

The actor has been cast in Lee’s version of the revenge story Oldboy, which also stars Josh Brolin as a man who is abducted off the street and kept in a strange prison for fifteen years, for reasons unknown to him. Finally released, he seeks the person who jailed him, and the reason for his imprisonment. Details on Jackson’s role are after the break, along with info on the score, which will be provided by Bruce Hornsby. Read More »

Are you nervous that Spike Lee is remaking Oldboy starring Josh Brolin? So is Josh Brolin. The Oscar-nominee was asked about the film at the junket for Men in Black 3 and expressed true passion, knowledge and pause about making the film. He also confirmed the cast we’ve already heard about, Elizabeth Olson and Sharlto Copley, and said he wouldn’t agree to do the film unless original director Chan-wook Park gave his blessing. Which he did.

Brolin said the film will start shooting in October, after he finishes Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, and after the jump, read his quotes on the subject. Oh, and there will still be a hammerfight. Read More »

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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, based both on the excellent South Korean film by Chan-wook Park and the manga that inspired it, has taken some time to come together. Josh Brolin has been attached for some time to play a man kidnapped off the street one night, only to find himself held in a strange hotel-like prison… for fifteen years.  His release is just as abrupt as his capture, and he sets off to find the person responsible.

Offers have gone out to a few different actors to play that responsible party – Colin Firth, Clive Owen and others have been discussed and/or approached. But nothing worked out until now, when Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) became set to play the part. Read More »

Variety is reporting that District 9 star Sharlto Copley has been offered the villain role for Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy.  This project has a long history of reported offeres that have gone out with many not panning out, so take this as more of a possibility than confirmation at this point. Colin Firth and Clive Owen were both offered the role and passed for one reason or another.

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At this point, given how many offers have gone out for Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy, and how many have come to naught, I’m wary of being convinced too early that a particular actor is going to be part of the film. But here’s a new one: Twitch, which has been at the forefront of breaking news about the remake, says that Elizabeth Olsen, of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, has been offered the film’s lead female role.

Update: Another report says Olsen is in talks for the role, and a deal is likely to be signed. We’ve also got info on her role, which sounds as if it has been slightly changed from the female lead in the South Korean film.

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It’s great how, with Spike Lee signed as director and Josh Brolin set to play the lead role, the remake of Oldboy went from something I hoped would die a quiet death to a film I’m actually looking forward to seeing. But we’re all going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film, as a delay has set in. The shoot once meant to start in March will now happen later in 2012. Not to worry just yet, as the issue at hand is nothing more pressing than a scheduling issue, but it could have some impact on casting. Read More »

Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead in ‘Oldboy’

As Clive Owen ponders the villain role in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy, Mia Wasikowska has been offered the female lead of Marie. If Wasikowska accepts, she’ll be starring opposite Josh Brolin, the only star confirmed so far for the English-language remake of the twisted 2003 thriller from Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park. More details after the jump.

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