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 »
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.
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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 »