Rumour has it that a remake of the South Korean film, Oldboy, is back on the cards – with Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle being approached to direct!
Whilst fans of the original are up in arms about the idea of remaking of what was already the fifth highest grossing film of 2003, there are some pretty big names who might consider taking on the project.
Oldboy is the story of Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor’s motives. When he is finally released he begins a quest for vengeance, only to find himself caught up in a romance with a local sushi chef, while his fate still remains very much in the hands of the man who imprisoned him. It is the second film in South Korean film director Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
Steven Spielberg and Will Smith reportedly abandoned the idea of a remake with Mandate Pictures back in 2009. But, undeterred, scriptwriter Mark Protosevich – who has also worked on films such as I Am Legend and upcoming superhero film, Thor – is now said to have re-drafted the screenplay in the hope that the project will be picked up again.
If Spielberg turns down the film (and chances are that his will, since his schedule is already jam-packed with the likes of War Horse and Robopocalypse), then the studio are apparently hoping to interest either Kick-Ass‘ Matthew Vaughn or 127 Hours‘ Danny Boyle in directing the remake.
However, with CNN naming it one of the ten best Asian films ever made, it’s arguable whether this film should be subjected to a Hollywood makeover so soon after its original release. Or, indeed, ever. It’s fair to say we won’t hear of anything being confirmed for some time yet, but we’ll certainly keep you posted!