Spike Lee Reveals Park Chan-Wook’s Thoughts Regarding The Oldboy Remake

oldboybrolin Spike Lee Reveals Park Chan Wooks Thoughts Regarding The Oldboy Remake

Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of Oldboy has everyone wondering if he can top the original. But perhaps we’re asking the wrong question. It seems that Park Chan-Wook, the director of the original Oldboy, is more worried about what he can add to it. In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Lee stated that Josh Brolin (who stars in the remake) went to receive Chan-Wook’s blessing before beginning work on the project. Chan-Wook reportedly told Brolin, “You and Spike make your own film, don’t remake ours.”

This comment seems to imply a bit of hesitation on Chan-Wook’s part. I’m not surprised by this either, as many of Hollywood’s remakes of late have done little to add to the originals, and a bad remake can do a lot of harm to the original’s reputation (The Producers, anyone?).

For the sake of all of the film lovers out there, let’s hope that Brolin and Lee heeded Chan-Wook’s advice, and tried to add something new to the film, avoiding the creation of a straight remake. From the looks of the trailer, it would seem Lee has done a lot to add his own visual flair to the tale, and many plot points (from what I could tell) have been tweaked or re-imagined. Add Josh Brolin to the mix, and this could easily be a film that honors the original, but still has its own story to tell. Here’s hoping it tells it well. For now, I’m cautiously optimistic.

Are you excited for the new Oldboy, or do you share Park Chan-Wook’s reservations? Let us know in the comment section below.

Oldboy is directed by Spike Lee and stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Olson. It is scheduled for a November 27th release.

Source: IndieWire
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  • The stranger

    I have complete confidence in what these guys can bring to the new OLDBOY.
    And personally, I read Park’s comments as a compliment in their abilities to do something new and original

  • Movie buff

    The original Oldoy is a sad tales of revenge. It is gut wrenching with a fitting ending that makes any individuals scream with rage. We Asians are generally susceptible to the gore, brutal emotional torture in a movie. For that reason Oldboy is a cinematic classic. Suppose the remake diverges without giving meaning to the lead character cruel punishment or in anyway whatsoever failed to take the central ideas from original Oldboy, these remakes will be a huge failure.

    Spike Lee should maintain originality yet at the same time he should carefully weight the theme he want his movie to be played out. Failure to do so would send a strong message to the futures of any other hollywood remakes of Asian movies.

  • DurtySouth

    No confidence in this. I have no confidence that Lee isn’t going to rip off the hallway fight scene from Park, because that’s a hallmark moment in the film that can’t be topped, only ripped off.

    I also have zero confidence that Lee can’t help himself to not insert some annoying social commentary represented by a non-existent thing… like the stupid gangsta video game in Inside Man. I know it sounds stupid, but I was enjoying Inside Man until that moment, and couldn’t get it out of my head. Reinforcing an opinion by making up a lie… Lee is no better than a old crusty white politician.