Spike Lee's Oldboy remake has been picked up by FilmDistrict for distribution. This is one of those movies that really doesn't need to be remade, at the same time I can't help but be curious to see what Lee has envisioned for it. It's got an incredible cast of actors that includes Josh Brolin who plays the main character that's kidnapped and imprisoned, Elizabeth Olsen plays the young woman he meets when he's released, and Sharlto Copley plays the crazy villain hell bent on revenge. Samuel L. Jackson and Nate Parker also will appear in the film.
A new synopsis for the film was also released revealing a couple little changes to the story, check it out!
OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
The changes aren't really that big, in Lee's version the Brolin's character is held for 20 years instead of just 15, and Olsen’s character is a social worker instead of a chef. There will be a few other changes to the story that have yet to be fully revealed, but it was revealed in previous interviews that the ending the of the film will be much darker than the original's. Producer Roy Lee said,
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.
I honestly don't know how it can get any darker, so it will be interesting to see what new twists and turns they've created. Do you have any other thoughts to share on this new vision of Oldboy? Are you interested in seeing it?