You may know Sharlto Copley because he was absolutely the best thing about Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, or because he was absolutely the best thing about that A-Team movie that nobody went to see, but you’re also going to know Sharlto Copley given that he’s starring in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and you want to see the Oldboy remake, don’t you? They’re remaking Oldboy?! OhmyGod, I know. But are they doing the right thing given that the original is such an established world cinema classic, which is the same Spike Lee joke I will always make when talking about this.
Speaking out recently, here’s what Sharlto Copley had to say on the flick:
“Spike’s very cool, man. He’s a real artist. You can see why he has the reputation he does. He’s a pleasure to work with.”
“It’s such a good story! Something like this only comes along very rarely, and it seems perfectly reasonable to have a reimagining of it. Very often Hollywood will remake something just because there’s a built-in audience, just for the commercial aspect of doing it. That’s fair enough, I guess. But with this, if you look at the people who have got involved, it’s more for the creative drive.”
“It’s not a massive franchise that you’re trying to reboot or something that’s going to make a gazillion dollars. It’s just a film that’s artistically inspiring to people. Spike is an artist who’s been inspired to do it. The drive behind it isn’t a studio or an executive thinking it’s a great marketing opportunity. The drive behind it for the producers and the actors and the director, is simply the inspiration of the story. You’ll notice it’s not a project populated with people who are known for only taking jobs because they’re commercial…”
Oldboy has a current release date of October 13th, and co-stars Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen.