Spielberg to Remake Oldboy

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 7, 2008 in Cinema, Comic Books

Oldboy: Poster of the Korean film 올드보이 of the left and cover of the Japanese manga オールド・ボーイ on the right

Oldboy (올드보이) was a popular 2003 revenge film from Korea which was based on a Japanese manga by the same (オールド・ボーイ) written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya which ran from 1996 until 1998. Now normally I’m 100% against Hollywood remakes, but in this case I’ll make an exception. I think if Spielberg tackles Oldboy that it might popularize and open the door for more Asian cinema to come to the United States. And if he can get a popular actor like Will Smith involved that would be a real cherry on top:

Spielberg, Smith in talks for ‘Oldboy’
Pair may kidnap remake of Korean drama

“Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in early discussions to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-park’s “Oldboy.” DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights, and the new pic will be distributed by Universal. In the 2003 Korean original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.”

Here’s a trailer from the Korean film:

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