It’s confirmed: Spike Lee to helm OLDBOY

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 11th, 2011

Now I think we can start getting a tad bit excited for this.

Ever since it was first announced, the English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s OLDBOY has always been something that film fans all over the web really have not found too interested in. However, Mandate Pictures just made this much more interesting.

The studio has announced (via Deadline) that Spike Lee, who was rumored to direct the film last week, will be directed the remake, from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich. For those who don’t know, OLDBOY follows “a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday. For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his release, must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement.”

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I said this when the rumor was reported, but this is really intriguing. I absolutely love the idea of Lee taking on a project like this, particularly due to the fact that Lee hasn’t really ever gotten a shot to craft a revenge thriller. I think this marriage could be a really fruitful one, so here’s to hoping it lives up to the potential.

What do you think?

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