Spike Lee might remake Oldboy

At first, we lamented the idea of director Steven Spielberg remaking Park Chan-wook‘s blood-soaked Oldboy with Will Smith in the lead. But it’s been almost three years since that news broke, and we’ve made our peace. Thus, this new development is downright exciting!

According to Twitch, Spike Lee is in talks to direct the English language adaptation of the South Korean revenge opera. The Twitch report also claims that Will Smith is no longer attached to star, although the script written by Mark Protosevich (Thor) remains.

The original Oldboy – based on a Japanese manga series of the same name – tells the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned without explanation, and released 15 years later (also without explanation). Framed for the murder of his wife, our hero goes on a violent rampage and hunts down his mysterious captors, not realising that he is enacting the final stages of their revenge against him.

The acclaimed South Korean flick features numerous notorious sequences (star Choi Min-sik famously ate a live octopus in one scene) and a final revelation so disturbing it would make Todd Solondz shudder. Needless to say, it didn’t seem up Spielberg’s alley. Lee, however, is no stranger to controversy, so perhaps the boundary-pushing director could offer an interesting take on the tale.

Discuss: Would any director’s involvement in an Oldboy remake get you excited?

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