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Spike Lee hired for “Oldboy” remake

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: More remake news this morning as Mandate Pictures confirms the news that Spike Lee will be in the director’s chair for an American version of Chan Wook Park’s vengeance thriller “Oldboy.”

Lee’s hiring comes at the tail end of a rumor cycle that had multiple creative teams involved with remaking Park’s story of a man who is imprisoned in a room for years, only to be released as mysteriously as he was detained. Now free, he sets out to find the people who kept him under lock and key so he can find out why.

The strangest combo we had heard about “Oldboy” was that Steven Spielberg wanted to make the movie with Will Smith in the lead, yet neither of those pieces fit with the story’s dark tone. Lee works, and it will be very interesting to see who he decides to cast in his lead, as the part requires some heavy lifting physically and emotionally (Denzel Washington, stay by your phone).

So, the “Oldboy” remake is underway. Do you like Lee’s hiring? Who would you like to see in the remake? Let us know.

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