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Provocative Full Official Poster For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Debuts (First Trailer This Wednesday)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 8, 2013 12:05 PM
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FilmDistrict will release Spike Lee's much-anticipated Oldboy adaptation, which stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto CopleyElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. Jackson, and more, wide, on October 112013.

Here's a look at the first official full poster of the upcoming drama/thriller courtesy of Film District.

As we've been informed, the image you see is an actual shot from the film and not a composite (those who've seen Park Chan-wook's revered 2003 adaptation of the manga, will recognize the scene from which this shot comes).

Also worth noting is that the Oldboy logo itself is Josh Brolin’s handwriting – inspired by the letters his character writes to his daughter in the film, while he's in confinement.


And the woman walking away with the umbrella showing the count in years that Josh Brolin's character, Joe Doucett, spends in captivity, is likely the character played by Elizabeth Olsen. To say anymore about who her character is would be to ruin the film for those unfamiliar with the material.

We've been informed that the film's first trailer debuts this Wednesday, and we're certainly really looking forward to seeing what Spike has done with the material! 


Spike Lee directs from a script penned by Mark Protosevich, who is also co-producing, along with Roy LeeDoug Davison and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe.

October might seem like a long time from now, but it really isn't, given how quickly the months just seem to be passing by. We're in the middle of summer already. 

Although I'm wondering if the film might actually premiere at some international film festival before then. It'll be a perfect fit for Toronto. A TIFF premiere in September, create some buzz, build anticipation, and then it opens in USA theaters a couple of weeks later.

We'll see.

In the meantime, check out the full first poster/one-sheet below (I almost didn't recognize Josh Brolin):


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10 Comments

  • Donella | July 8, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    Well, the tagline's certainly on point. The most important piece of dialogue in the film.

  • Daryl | July 8, 2013 12:41 PMReply

    Can't wait for it, Spike Lee will do a great job with the film, you know he will add his own political element to the material. I predict the film will be one of the best films of the year. One thing you can't deny is Spike Lee gets great performances from actors in his films.

  • Troy | July 8, 2013 12:24 PMReply

    And why is it "A Spike Lee Film" instead of "A Spike Lee Joint?" It can't be because he didn't write the script; other films he's directed but didn't write were "Spike Lee Joints"... what's going on with that?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 8, 2013 9:58 PM

    But Spike is billed as a producer on this film (unless IMDB is lying). Spike wasn't a producer on "Inside Man," but it was still billed as "A Spike Lee Joint." Curious...

  • Because | July 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    Nobody is checking for Spike Lee "Joints"...he is a hired hack on this film...not a producer...so THEY decided what the credits looked like...not Spike...this is not his baby...but maybe it will be a great film

  • DJ | July 8, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    Cultural context is what made the original so scandalous. No way Spike's version will come close to it.

  • Donella | July 8, 2013 11:48 PM

    I can't wait to see where he'll fit the classic crane shot.

  • Daryl | July 8, 2013 11:39 PM

    I don't think Spike Lee will try and just remake the movie , I think he will take it and make it a Spike Lee Joint even through it doesn't say that. So I'm expecting a stand alone film that just uses the original as source material and a film that you can enjoy with the original which was a great film.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    For American, non-cinephiliac audiences who hate subtitles... it will be enough. When their hipster friends mention "Oldboy" they can be like, "Oh yeah, I've seen that. Badass!" right before someone asks, "Which version are you referring to?" lol

  • EP | July 8, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    Some'ol BullSh*t...

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