May 23, 2017

Spike Lee in talks for “Oldboy” remake

By Sean O’Connell Spike Lee has been telling reporters that he hasn’t made a film in years because it’s tough to secure financing. That explains why he might be getting into the remake craze that has swallowed the film industry.

Lee is in talks to helm a remake of Park Chan-wook’s classic vengeance tale “Oldboy,” according to Twitch. The film is “set up at Mandate with Doug Davison and Roy Lee producing and Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) writing the script,” the site reports.

Rumors of a U.S. version of “Oldboy” have been making the rounds, at one point thought to be a project for Steven Spielberg and Will Smith (great talents, but horrible choices for this material). The original followed a man who is locked in a room for 15 years by a stranger. When finally released, he goes after the people who detained him, leaving a bloody trail of bodies in his wake.

I’m not sure I want an “Oldboy” remake, but if it has to be done, Spike Lee would be an inspired choice. More on this story as it develops.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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