Warner Bros. Pictures is back on track with Oldboy, their remake of Park Chan-wook’s Korean classic that’s to be helmed by Spike Lee. Variety reports that District 9 star Sharlto Copley (pictured above) has been offered the villain role and is in early talks to join Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen in the revenge pic. In the 2003 original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.
Deadline drops another small bit of news as Dougray Scott (pictured below; Dark Water, Mission: Impossible II) is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Famke Janssen in Netflix’s new original series “Hemlock Grove,” from Eli Roth and Gaumont International TV. Written by Brian McGreevey and Lee Shipman based on McGreevy’s upcoming goth horror novel, “‘Hemlock Grove’ revolves around the murder of a young girl found close to the former Godfrey steel mill. The suspects in her killing include Peter (Landon Liboiron), a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Roman (Bill Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Janssen), is the beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove.”
Scott will play Norman Godfrey, the older brother of Olivia’s late husband, JR, one of the founders of the Godfrey Center for Biomedical Technologies. Wealthy, but with modest tastes and an equally modest home, Norman is sickened by Olivia’s displays of ostentation and the way in which she spoils her son.