Hollywood has long been planning a remake of the south Korean thriller Oldboy (2003), a film directed by Park Chan-Wook. The film was based on a Japanese Manga of the same name and was written by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. The film was well received in the United States and earned an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie centers on the lead character, Dae-Su Oh (Min-Sik Choi) who, without knowing why, is locked in a hotel room for 15 years. After being released from the room he finds himself trapped in a web of violence and conspiracy from which there appears to be no escape. During his quest for revenge upon those who originally held him captive, he becomes romantically involved with a beautiful sushi chef, and a love affair unfolds between them.
It was three years ago that Steven Spielberg, who had been passionate about the project, was set to direct the remake with Will Smith lined up for the lead character. But that version was dropped, put on the shelf, and since forgotten about. But it’s recently been revealed that it’s now back on the table, and Mandate Pictures is right now in talks with award winning director Spike Lee to take up the challenge. The controversial director is best known for such movies as Malcolm X (1992), Summer of Sam (1999) and Do the Right Thing (1989).
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