Hi Bryan Here….
It’s official. Spike Lee will direct the remake of the AMAZING ‘Oldboy’ for Mandate Pictures. Last week we knew there was something going on between Lee and this film, but nothing was official. But now it is. This is a huge film for Spike Lee. This story and original film is magnificent. I’m fairly sure Spike Lee will do it justice. Can’t wait to see casting. At one point Speilberg was set to make this film with Will Smith. I wonder if Will Smith will still come on to perform and Spielberg might be a producer. Can’t wait to see. Read the press release below.
Los Angeles (July 11, 2011) – Mandate Pictures announced today that Spike Lee (Inside Man) will direct OLDBOY, a remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean film. Mark Protosevich has adapted the screenplay and will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Departed, The Grudge) will produce. The film is a Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres & A Mule Production. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
“It’s a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,” said Kahane.
OLDBOY tells the story of 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. The original film, released in 2003, directed by Chan-wook Park won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Spike Lee and Mark Protosevich are represented by CAA. Dan Freedman, SVP of business affairs, negotiated the deals for Mandate.
Get the original film below.