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Sharlto Copley Says Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Will Be Just As 'Dark, Gritty' & True To Original

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 25, 2012 7:29 PM
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"They've been very true to the spirit of it. It's dark, it's gritty. They're not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I'm very excited about that movie. I'm very excited about working with Spike and with Josh... I think it's going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally."

MTV News speaking with Sharlto Copley (who brought the casting carousel over in the "who will play the villain" sweepstakes for Spike Lee's take on the Oldboy to an end, when he was cast in May, after a number of other actors didn't work out for one reason or another. Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen round out the film's 3 stars.

So, does this calm the fears of those who cherish the original film because of its boldness, darkness and grittiness, and who were concerned that a Hollywood adaptation wouldn't be as daring, or that the material would be "softened" as Copley put it?

As those familiar already know, the original is one hell of a *messy*, twisted, tragic story (going based on the manga and the first film), which partly explains its cult-dom. It's dark, brooding, and violent, and, from the moment the Hollywood remake was announced, fanboys and girls everywhere immediately rejected the idea for reasons I gave above - whether this American translation will contain similar controversial elements.

Copley seems to be saying, yes, it will.

The new Oldboy begins shooting in late September with Spike's 40 Acres & A Mule co-producing. So it looks like this definitely will be Spike Lee's next film, after Red Hook Summer, which will be out in August as previously announced.

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  • Donella | July 27, 2012 12:07 PMReply

    I recently re-watched Inside Man which was an example of what Spike can do when things go well. Fierce acting (anchored by Denzel), soaring soundtrack, suspense-filled storyline. The same can happen with Oldboy. But the identity reveals are stomach-churning. I don't know if I can watch it again.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 26, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    I'm confused. Spike said in GQ recently ("Nobody's Martyr", June 12, 2012) that "they're still trying to get the numbers straight, but I think it's gonna happen."

  • JEftCG | July 26, 2012 2:43 AMReply

    Gotta love Spike. He's keeps hustlin his little wiry ass. But we all know this movie is gonna be a red hot mess. (Just like his last three theatricals.) He's a producer but he's not a storyteller, simply put. Here's the "Spike formula" for appealing to audiences: Phase 1: BUZZ! Phase 2: EXCITEMENT! Phase 3: RELEASE! Phase 4: What the F**K was that B******T I just wasted my HARD EARNED BLACK DOLLARS ON??

  • Dawid ben Yahudah | September 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    Wow JEFTCG, Spike has directed the best black film ever, Malcolm X. Do the Right Thing, Clockers, Inside Man, Bamboozled (yes that one), School Daze, 25th Hour. Spike Lee is one of the top 3 directors in Hollywood history. All without the studio systesm...Just take you so-called black (no black land) dollars and go see Tyler Perry I hate self-hating blacks...

  • turner | July 27, 2012 12:29 PM


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