I’m sure many of you have heard about Spike Lee handling the US adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s classic, Old Boy. Here is the latest development, a synopsis! Now we’ll be able to (depending on how you feel about Hollywood remakes) see how much they’re going to screw it up or improve on the original.
OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
So, as previously reported, the number of years in confinement and occupation of the lead has changed. Not really mad at it. And to tell you the truth, I want to believe they’ll do a good job with this. Josh Brolin is dope and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) does his thing as well. They did change the ending so I don’t know how to feel about that but let’s keep our fingers crossed, yeah?
The only thing that kinda bugs me is that they say they’re using the manga as the source material. That’s a smart way to avoid comparisons to the cult classic but c’mon son, you wouldn’t be making this shit if it weren’t for the film. Do the right thing and kiss the ring, Spike! Ha!