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Check Out 4 Alternate & Unused Posters For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 8, 2013 2:46 PM
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For every movie poster, there are usually a half dozen discarded ideas that we never see. But sometimes, those outcast ideas aren't so bad. Movie marketing is usually a dryly straightforward process, and generally, studios prefer a direct and clear (and usually boring) approach over anything creative, enigmatic or that might possibly make an audience have to think. That being said, the first teaser poster for Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake was both direct and mysterious, with folks familiar with the original knowing exactly what it was referencing, while newcomers were left to puzzle it out. But in a different world, the following posters could have been our first impression of the film.

Artist Juan Luis Garcia has dropped four "key art explorations" he put together for the movie, and they are mostly pretty striking stuff. Our guess is that perhaps they were a bit too violent to be utilized and/or didn't quite match the tone of the finished film, but it's always interesting to see where ideas start from. Whether or not these might be used in modified form down the line remains to be seen, but there are some good ideas here.

Thoughts? Share 'em below. "Oldboy" hits on October 25th. [Rope Of Silicon]

Posters removed at the behest of Film District.

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  • dasa | June 10, 2013 9:22 AMReply

    Poster three - Wes Anderson's Oldboy

  • greg w. locke | June 9, 2013 8:09 AMReply

    i really dig poster two. poster three is a great design but doesn't fit the project. two, though ... wow.

  • Marko | June 9, 2013 1:16 AMReply

    I guess I'm the only one that thinks Poster 3 would have made this look too much like some sort of quirky comedy.

  • JP | June 8, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    I quite like Spike Lee films but I hate the phrase 'A Spike Lee Joint'

  • Actant01 | June 9, 2013 9:36 AM


  • Casselberry | June 8, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    Poster No. 3 is great! How would that not catch your eye in a theater lobby?

  • Nolan | June 8, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    Excuse me, Poster #3? The Criterion Collection is on the line.

  • mass | June 8, 2013 2:59 PMReply

    Why in God's name are they not going with poster #2, or poster #3?

    The poster they released is so bland and boring, stupid marketers... I swear.

  • Michael | June 8, 2013 11:00 PM

    The justification is probably that #2 would get too many complaints for being "too disturbing" and #3, while eye-catching and memorable, almost looks more like the poster for a quirky indie dramedy. I can see why they didn't go with these, but still disappointing.

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