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‘Oldboy’ Will Open Against ‘Paranormal Activity 5’

The Spike Lee-directed remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult Korean classic Oldboy will now see its wide release on October 25, 2013, after FilmDistrict originally slated it for October 11, says Deadline.

Oldboy will now bow opposite Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 5, which already had the date.

Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley star in the revenge pic, which was originally part of Park’s Vengeance trilogy that included Lady Vengeance and Sympathy For Mister Vengeance. That latter movie is also getting a U.S. remake, with Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment announcing in Cannes that they are partnering with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment for an English-language version from a script by Broken City‘s Brian Tucker.

The pic is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. 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.



  • VersaVulture

    Looks like I might have a double feature that day. If not, I’ll only support Paranormal Activity 5. I LOVE the original Oldboy, but I’m not a fan of Spike Lee. Despite having Elizabeth Olsen AND Samuel L. Jackson, I’ll need a trailer first.

    As much as I was mixed on Paranormal Activity 4, the series is a yearly tradition with friends so I’ll definitely be seeing that for sure.

  • divisionbell

    I do love the story and new cast, but aside from Inside Man he’s a really awful director. Hope he surprises on this one.

  • coldblood

    Spike has made a lot of great films, but I don’t know about this remake.

    For fans of the original, I see a let down.

    For those who have not had their innocence scared by the original, this may be a real treat. It cetainly has the right cast.

    But does Spike have the guts to bring it? I’m not just talking about the hammer fight. And the octopus scene though shocking, isn’t really necessary.

    I’m talking about the ending. Revenge films have never had an ending like that. But it takes guts.

  • straighttohell86

    Spike Lee is an idiot, and this film did not need to be remade (especially only 10 years later), hoping this one tanks.

  • chambertlo

    I really wish this movie had another director, as I dislike Lee with a passion for all of the garbage he has bestowed upon the world. Unless the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, I will be waiting to see it on Netflix. PA5 will probably be the last one I watch in theaters as well, since the 4th one was an insult to the senses.

  • djblack1313

    i’ll see OLDBOY just to spite PA5. the PA films are atrocious.

    • XMarkX

      Agreed. Spike Lee has some huge shoes to fill, but the fact that the Paranormal Activity movies have kept people siked for what will now be the fifth installment blows my mind.

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    • coldblood

      I liked the first PA, but I wish they would have kept the original ending where Katie cuts her throat in front of the camera.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Do we know who’s directing PA5? Isn’t this something that is announced pretty early on? Just curious

    • Aaron Emery

      It normally would be, but the PA films typically start shooting two weeks before the release lol. They’ll probably start shooting an unrelated trailer in a couple of months.

  • Aaron Emery

    I don’t like Spike Lee, I think he’s a fairly awful director but I will say that’s a pretty ballsy move that made me smile.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Are they high? What makes them think that’s even a remotely good idea? The only way I can see Oldboy beating PA5 is if it becomes this big “Oscar” movie that everybody goes to see. Well, if I have the money, I’ll watch both. If not, I’ll be seeing PA5. The PA movies are a guilty pleasure, and I never really cared for the original Oldboy anyway.

  • Joe-Banger

    Thank you djblack1313! The P A films suck! I watched the first one and I hate it! They all suck and they are films made for people who cant handle real horror films! Ive only seen parts of Old Boy so Ill wait for his dvd version and Spike Lee only did one good film without coming off as a racist and that was Inside Man.

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