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[BD Interview] ‘Oldboy’ Screenwriter Mark Protosevich On Bringing The Film Into American Culture

Director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th. Reinterpreting material for the screen is always tricky, but it becomes even more difficult when you move it from one country to another. It’s not the language barrier so much, that’s easy. The cultural divide is much more difficult to bridge. Still, it was a challenge that screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend) was eager to tackle. I recently sat down with Protosevich to talk about his approach to the material and how something as simple as the notion of revenge can change when shifting a story from one country to the next.

The film starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel Jackson, and James Ransone “is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.

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