Yes, Spielberg and Smith are going to bring us an Americanized 'Oldboy' movie. This is not new news, but there was an uproar from movie bloggers everywhere that they would kill the story. I share those same feelings. The comic book and movie that they are basing their version off of is incredibly hardcore in its themes, plot, and violence. we don't want to see a feathery pillow version of this movie, we want to see jagged boulder rolling down a mountain destroying everything in it's path! If it is any lighter than the source material fanboys are going to be pissed. Can Spielberg give us that much of a hardcore 'Oldboy' movie? Will Smith seems to think so, he recently told MTV the following:
"It's the thing that Steven was attracted to, We're working from the comic and we haven't done anything other than talk about it. So we'll see what happens, but he's not going to do anything that would be less than stunning."
Stunning is a very encouraging word. If Spielberg was drawn to this project because of it's hardcoreness then I am pretty confident he will take it to the level we all want to see it in. But, then there is always the chance of the studio looking over his shoulder making sure that the film is marketable to the American audience.
"Oldboy" tells the story of a young man who has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for a decade of his life, with only a television as a link to the outside world. When he finally breaks free, he sets off on a quest to exact vengeance upon his unknown jailers. The manga comic was previously adapted to the screen by Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, whose film received substantial critical acclaim around the world, and has received high praise from hardcore movie geeks.