Spike Lee is currently gearing up to direct the Americanized remake of Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, and I hope he's able to handle the material. According to the film's villain, District 9's Sharlto Copley, it will be dark and gritty. To that I say... I sure hope so! It'd be a bloody shame if it wasn't! Here's what he had to say about the movie while being interviewed by MTV at Comic-Con,
They've been very true to the spirit of it. It's dark, it's gritty. They're not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I'm very excited about that movie. I'm very excited about working with Spike and with Josh [Brolin]. I think it's going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally.
A lot of people including myself are torn about this remake, but it has such a great cast that I have to see how it turns out! Copley also does make a point in his statement, that this remake will open people's minds to actually go and watch the original. It's good to know that they aren't going to soften it for American audiences, but that's something I'll just have to see to believe.
I have no doubt the the cast of the film is going to do a great job. I just really hope that Lee has what it takes to bring the pain to the fans. In a previous interview the producer of the film, Roy Lee, had this to say,
It is very similar to the film, but Protosevich has added new elements that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but eventually go in the same direction. The ending will be something audiences--especially fans of the original movie--will be very happy with. Some may consider it a bit darker.
Where do you currently stand on this film?
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