While Hollywood remakes often don’t garner much of a response ( a positive one anyway), having the words “A Spike Lee Joint” attached to it is an instant way to get some attention. While I don’t really like the idea of a remake of Park Chan-wook‘s Oldboy, even if it’s done by Spike Lee, I tell you what I’ll want to see how it turns out.
“The story follows an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.”
“His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.”
Sounds pretty much the same as the original then, except they’ve added a an extra five years to his sentence this time. The poster that FilmDistrict has released chronicles Josh Brolin‘s 20 long years
The Oldboy remake is set to arrive in US theaters on 11 October 2013. A UK date is yet to be confirmed.