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First Trailer For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Arrives! And It's Red-Band Too!

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2013 4:00 PM
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Well, here it is folks! The wait is over!

Your first look (via trailer) at Spike Lee's much-anticipated Oldboy adaptation, which stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto CopleyElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. Jackson, and more, which FilmDistrict will release wide, on October 112013.

Underneath the trailer you'll find the film's poster.

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, watch the first full trailer below, which, as I said on Facebook last night, doesn't immediately resemble your typical Spike Lee joint. If I didn't know who directed this beforehand, Spike Lee wouldn't have been my first guess. But I'm really looking forward to seeing what Spike has done with the material, how/if he incorporates the usual Spike-isms, and how he puts his own stamp on this beloved cult classic.

Those who've seen Park Chan-wook's original adaptation of the manga, will certainly recognize scenes in the below trailer for Spike's version, that were in Park's first film; although it's unclear whether the plot is exactly the same, and what changes have been made. To say anymore about plot would be to ruin the film for those unfamiliar with the original, so I'll say no more.

Watch for a glimpse at what to expect:

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  • urbanauteur | July 16, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Guess this will be his SWAN SONG since he's rumored to announce his retirement next Monday, what a "lackluster" way to go out spike!

  • J | July 11, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    So they just replaced all the asians with white people and Samuel L Jackson... Truthfully speaking, I prefer the original... Hell if the original had the money and technology of today it'd look just as good too.

  • BluTopaz | July 11, 2013 12:05 PMReply

    Excited to see this and it looks like Spike is killing it here, but dammit I'm tired of Sam Jackson.

  • Donella | July 11, 2013 12:25 AMReply

    Looks like Spike did a hell of a job.

  • Micah | July 10, 2013 9:44 PMReply

    I'm excited about this film. The poster does look a little to whimsical in my opinion but it's still interesting. I saw the original quite awhile ago and I'm game for another interpretation. If marketed properly people who haven't seen the original will eat it up. Some of the ones who have seen the original, like myself, are curious to see this version on the big screen.

  • BLACK LEADER | July 10, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    Where is the giant ant?

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 10, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    My #Traidar (trailer radar) says YES! for this! It does resemble the original, but I truly doubt Spike would copy anyone's work. He's too much of an auteur for that.

    I was never one of those people who didn't think Spike could make a thriller especially after I rewatched the great 'Inside Man'. Besides I would never pigeonhole any good director into one type of picture. Plus I've always thought that Spike would be a director to confront the controversial aspects of the story head on. The previous holders of the rights to this remake Steven Spielberg & Will Smith—no frickin way!

    I'm still mad they didn't take this to Comic-Con. The fanboys would have eaten this UP!

  • @JayTeeDee | July 10, 2013 5:31 PMReply


    I really like the color palette of this, the cinematography looks amazing and Spike Lee has always been great with composition and framing. I like the angles of some of the shots. It does not look like the typical Spike Lee Joint and that may be a good thing. Some of Spike's recent better work has not his own original stories i.e. The 25th Hour and Inside Man, and to a lesser extent She Hate Me. He was not the first director I would have thought of to remake this but I'm interested to see how he handles the material.

    This trailer doesn't give you a full view of his interpretation of the source material and looks like a standard remake with a couple new flourishes thrown in but it may be misleading in that regards because recently trailers have been giving away too much plot. I'd imagine most folks are probably either already on board for this movie or not and a trailer wouldn't push them over any other way.

    I'll check out the matinee.

  • Lily | July 10, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    "Thumbs up" for me! I'll see it.

  • EP | July 10, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Remake, ReBoot or whatever it is, it's a Straight up Rip off and shows extremely LAZY FILMMAKING....Come on Spike you can do better. What happened to originality ? I'll pass because I've seen the Movie already and I don't need to see it again from some Lazy A** Director that took/bought someone elses hard work and put their name on it. #lazyass

  • EP | July 11, 2013 5:50 PM

    Hey Donlla, I refuse to watch any remake and/or Sequel, I think it's lazy filmmaking, I have a problem with all of them. If I like a film I will watch that film again not a remake of it. I have not seen, "Iron Man 2-10", "Spiderman 2-5", "Terminator, 2-?", "The Matrix 2-?", "The Honeymooners with Ced tha Entertainer", "Fast & Furious 2-?", "Men in Black 2&3" "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the english version)" etc. "The Best Man 2"...pass. Excuse me for wanting originality.

  • Derek | July 11, 2013 12:22 AM

    Lol Oh i'm good, Super calm eating icecream and watching Sanjah and Craig.
    but i'll put on my cape back on and speak up on all HATERS when see or hear it!!
    -Public announcement-

  • Donella | July 11, 2013 12:20 AM

    Out of all the remakes and reboots and reimaginings that have been released just in the last five, three, or two years, this is the one you decide to question on originality? You come across as either willfully ignorant or someone who's bringing an agenda and/or an axe to grind with Spike Lee.

  • EP | July 11, 2013 12:14 AM

    Hey Derick,'s just a movie, and I like pizza and burgers and Spike. I just gave my opinion on one movie. So relax and give yourself a hug, love yourself. I gotta go and Sh*t on some more films, I mean hate.

  • EP | July 11, 2013 12:01 AM


  • NO BRAINER | July 10, 2013 11:59 PM

    Or maybe most humans are just ignorant and insecure, and can easily get PISSED OFF about any-damn-thing... Like you getting PISSED because EP has an opinion that differs from your own. Like, really?

  • Derek | July 10, 2013 11:43 PM

    Dummy...How can you say this looks Lazy? haters like you make me sick. You guys have a serious disease called HATING and it's eating you away a little bit each day. Bet you're the kind of deuce who hardly tips the pizza delivery guy because you hate that he took more than 5 minutes to deliver the pie, because you hate his shoes, his car, his glasses, then you open the box and hate the fact that there isn't enough cheese on the damn thing. Then you hate that you ordered pizza instead of a burger, then you start hating the burger and so on and so forth until you die of a coronary, having pissed off every human you ever came in contact with over the course of your life because of your hateful attitude.

  • LP | July 10, 2013 9:22 PM

    EP, Spike didn't buy this property. The Studio did and hired Spike to direct the film for American audiences who are too lazy to read the subtitles of the original. This is standard operation in Hollywood. Many scenes will be similar and lifted straight from the magna book. So chill with the "lazy a*** director" bit. Thanks.

  • Daryl | July 10, 2013 4:30 PMReply

    The trailer looks great. I see some of the political touches of Spike Lee already. Some people online is saying it looks just like the original, but they are missing the subtle Spike Lee touches in the trailer that lets you know Spike Lee is going to make the movie his own to stand along with the original. This is the film I'm looking foward to this year. I expect it to be a great film.

  • mawon | July 10, 2013 11:36 PM

    Can you fill me in on the "political touches." That flew by me.

  • Africameleon | July 10, 2013 4:23 PMReply

    well, I liked it....??

  • Los | July 12, 2013 9:36 AM

    That's because Spike is doing an adaptation from the Manga series where the story originated and not a remake from the first movie back in 03'.

  • Daryl | July 11, 2013 12:29 AM

    If you didn't notice Spike Lee chose major political events dealing with government corruption, scandal, class, race and some more things that Josh Brolin character is watching when he is locked up in trailer. I expect it to be some type of Spike Lee commentary on these events.

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