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Confirmed! Spike Lee Will Direct USA Adaptation Of “Oldboy.” Will Will Smith Star?

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2011 6:50 AM
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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!

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  • Dankwa Brooks | August 17, 2011 9:33 AMReply

    I finally saw OldBoy and reviewed it at

  • Sergio | July 12, 2011 12:13 PMReply

    I take it then that Powell WILL NOT have a role in Oldboy

  • BluTopaz | July 12, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    For some reason Oldboy did not wow me, and I love Asian revenge films. But can't wait to see what Spike does with this, he deserves the chance to knock it out of the park and expand his audience. And z-list , greezy Powell can go to hell.

  • Zeus | July 12, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    "..and that's why Spike's career has fluttered and bombed, and no goes to see his crap." --- Clifton Powell -- Russ Parr Radio Show -- May 11, 2011

  • Neziah | July 12, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    Spike's on a roll, can't wait to see this and "Red Hook Summer", along with "Da Brick".

  • Tamara | July 11, 2011 12:59 PMReply

    "weep and you weep alone*"

    Wish there was an edit button for posts. lol

  • Thespian Queen | July 11, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    Everything sounds wonderful except for the whole Will Smith thing. Can't wait!

  • Tamara | July 11, 2011 11:26 AMReply

    Go Spike, indeed.

    Oldboy is awesome. I will never NOT look at a hammer as a non-lethal weapon ever again.

    Okay that didn't make sense.

    laugh and the world laughs will you. cry and you cry alone... -ohhhh Daesu.

  • eshowoman, the cranky film fan | July 11, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    I will be in line to see it. But it cannot be the same as the film or the manga.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 11, 2011 7:42 AMReply

    My favorite quote is "Luck is preparation meeting opportunity" Oprah Winfrey. We all know Spike was prepared, now he has this opportunity!

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