UPDATE: Earlier this summer, FilmDistrict changed the Oldboy release date, moving it from October 25 to November 27, 2013. And if I haven’t already, I strongly recommend the subtitled version of the Park original, available on Amazon Prime. (I can’t stomach the dubbed version. Ugh.)
In the middle of Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s loose “vengeance” trilogy, there is Oldboy, easily the most popular and obsessed-over film of Park’s career. Over the past ten years, the movie, about a man doggedly searching for the people and reasons behind his kidnapping and 15-year imprisonment, has catapulted beyond the status of cult favorite. Oldboy is now part of worldwide cinema pop culture, as evidenced by its current #84 ranking on the IMDb’s voter list of the Top 250 Films of All Time. So what’s next? An English-language remake, of course! But there’s a bright side: The distributor is smaller, the director is Spike Lee and the star is Josh Brolin. Here’s the first movie poster for said Oldboy remake, just in from FilmDistrict. (Click on it for a closer look.)
More good news: The supporting cast for Oldboy includes Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Sharlto Copley (District 9, Europa Report). And the script adaptation is from Mark Protosevich, a guy who does a decent job with busier sci-fi and fantasy films, as he’s shown with The Cell and I Am Legend. I wonder how many times Protosevich has watched the original… (Yes, I wonder these things.)
Cool fact: The title logo is Josh Brolin’s handwriting, which has context within the film. You’ll see.
Oldboy will be in U.S. theaters October 25, 2013.
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