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First Look: New Red Band Trailer and Poster for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2013 at 5:22PM

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean visceral thriller "Oldboy" arrives on October 25 (Film District scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released "Red Hook Summer" last summer; his Michael Jackson doc "Bad 25" played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are the HBO film of the stage play "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and a sequel to "Inside Man."
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Old Boy poster

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean visceral thriller "Oldboy" arrives on October 25 (FilmDistrict scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released "Red Hook Summer" last summer; his Michael Jackson doc "Bad 25" played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are his HBO film of the stage play "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and a sequel to "Inside Man." (New red band "Oldboy" trailer is below.)

FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel bought rights from Nathan Kahane and his Good Universe partner, ex-Lionsgate exec Joe Drake. Kahane developed the "Oldboy" adaptation by co-producer Mark Protosevich ("I Am Legend," "Thor"), and brought in Lee. The film's ensemble is led by Josh Brolin, with Lee regular Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley.  John Middleton is executive producer. Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing the film for Good Universe.  The 40 Acres & a Mule Production is produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment.

Here's the synopsis:

OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive.  When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.


Old Boy poster

This article is related to: Oldboy, Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.