Like many directors, Michael Mann mulls over many projects before settling on the one that will be his “next” film at any given time. In this case his next picture is a currently untitled “cyber-crime” thriller, which leaves quite a few other possible films in the lurch.
One of those other potential efforts was Gold, a film that follows a 1993 mining scandal, featuring a prospector who found “one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle.” It has been likened to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but in what respects beyond the simple prospector angle, we don’t know for certain.
Mann may have moved on, but Gold still lives. Spike Lee is now attached to direct the film, based on the script by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. Read More »
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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 »
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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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 Arbitrage, Red 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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
With three installments of the Fast and the Furious series behind him and another one in the works — not to mention that brief flirtation with the Terminator franchise — director Justin Lin has become the go-to guy for escapist action flicks. But the film that originally put him on the map ten years ago was something rather different: the Asian-American drama Better Luck Tomorrow.
Now, as cameras continue to roll on Fast and the Furious 6, Lin’s considering a return to more serious territory with L.A. Riots. The project, which was originally set up at Universal years ago with Spike Lee attached to direct, centers on the riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King. Over six days in April 1992, the riots claimed 53 lives and cost about $1 billion in property damage. More details after the jump.
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