Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.
This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »
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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy was recently delayed to November, but that might only have been so that a certain “hotel” could prepare for new guests. That’s the trust of an intense and intimidating new teaser trailer that shows a great many close-ups of the inner workings of an unusual prison.
That prison, as fans of the original Park Chan-wook film know, is a hotel-like structure in which a man, played by Josh Brolin, is held against his will for many years. The film’s action really picks up with his release, but this teaser is all about the small day to day elements of keeping the prison running. You’ll see a bit of Brolin, and a bit of the prison manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson. And you’ll know that you never, ever, want to be within those walls.
All told, this is a pretty good way to market Oldboy as a specific sort of horror/thriller film, for those unfamiliar with the story. Check out the footage, and a whole suite of new posters, below. Read More »
Two of the breakout stars from The Wire just landed new jobs with some modern auteurs. First up, Idris Elba (most recently seen in Pacific Rim) will star in Cary Fukunaga‘s (Jane Eyre) latest film called Beasts of No Nation. Next, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams is the second actor to join Spike Lee‘s still untitled Kickstarter film. Read more about both projects below.
UPDATE: Lee’s film is reportedly called Da Blood Of Jesus.
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Chalk up another success story for Kickstarter. With just four days to spare, filmmaker Spike Lee has fully funded his “newest, hottest” film via the fundraising site. Lee’s goal was $1.25 million and he hit that Friday morning. Check out the video thank you and more below. Read More »
The same game is played out over and over again when it comes time to promote a remake of a well-liked film. It’s always a balancing act where audiences are convinced that all the things they liked from the original film will be in place, or not done poorly, but that there will be new angles to make the remake worth their time and money.
And so we turn an eye to Spike Lee‘s version of Oldboy. There’s a great cast, anchored by Josh Brolin, who plays a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years. Upon his release he meets a young woman played by Elizabeth Olsen, and is given some vague guidance towards the reasons for his time locked away from society.
We’ve been told that this version draws as much from the manga that inspired the original film as it does the original Park Chan-wook movie, and that there’s a lot of surprising stuff in store. But the first trailer used a lot of familiar moments, and now some new photos feature elements that could be considered the visual signatures of the story. Check them out below. Read More »
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Briefly: FilmDistrict has pushed back the release of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy from October 25 to November 27. The film, a remake of Park Chan-wook’s modern masterpiece, is about a man (Josh Brolin) mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years. When he’s just as mysteriously released, he vows revenge on his captors. It co-stars Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen. No reason was given for the delay. [ERCBoxOffice]
Spike Lee has been in the news quite a bit recently. He’s got Oldboy, arguably his biggest movie ever, coming out soon, and just began a Kickstarter for his follow-up that will be “about blood and sex.” Being that he’s currently in the public eye, the director of such classics as Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X and Clockers is using the spotlight to educate fellow filmmakers. He’s released a list he gives to his NYU Graduate film students of the films he believes every filmmaker should see. Read More »
Veronica Mars, Zack Braff and now Spike Lee. The legendary director of Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X is currently finishing a remake of the Korean film Oldboy, but is turning to the fans for his next project. Lee just started a Kickstarter hoping to raise $1.25 million to make a movie about humans with an addition to blood. Check out his pitch below. Read More »
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 »