By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 11, 2011 at 6:50AM
Well... it's no long just speculation.
Mandate Pictures confirms via press release that Spike Lee will indeed direct the US adaptation of the the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya - akaOld Boy.
Folks keep calling it a remake, but, really, the original Korean film by Park Chan-wook was itself based on the comic.
Spike won't be penning the script however; that job is going to Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell).
So... will Will Smith still star?
Recall that as far back as 2008/2009, Steven Spielberg and Smith were reportedly moving forward with plans adapt Oldboy, but were met with some complex, behind-the-scenes rights issues involving the Japanese publishers of the original manga and the Korean producers of Park Chan-Wook's 2003 cult hit.
Spike and Will have never worked together, oddly enough, and I don't expect that trend to end anytime soon, but ya never know.
No word on when production will begin, or when the film might be released.
In the story, a man who was imprisoned for over a decade hunts down his mysterious former kidnappers to take revenge.
So, 2 projects confirmed for Spike Lee in a single day! Go Spike!