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. READ MORE
Twitch Film is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the lead role of “Maria” in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, his remake of the Korean thriller that will star Josh Brolin in the lead role. For the female lead both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska had been offered and rejected the part.
In Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean 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.”
The remake has been riddled with casting issues over at Warners. It’ll be interesting to see if this or Akira gets off the ground first. READ MORE
Variety’s Jeff Sneider hit Twitter today with an update from the land of insect.
He explained that Universal was pushing back Spike Lee’s Oldboy late summer/early fall because of Josh Brolin’s press commitments for Men in Black 3.
He also broke the disappointing news that Clive Owen is no longer attached, stating, “Don’t think they could make the deal work…”
“ ‘Oldboy’ centers on a man (Brolin) who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life.”
The film is a remake of Park Chan-wook’s incredible Korean film, which was based on a Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. READ MORE
Another round of offers have gone out for roles in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake as Twitch reports that Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland) has been offered the role of Marie, the female lead of the gritty thriller. The role was previously offered to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara. They also report that that the villain role has now been offered to Clive Owen (Shoot ‘Em Up, Intruders) after Colin Firth passed.
If they accept they will be playing opposite Josh Brolin in the lead as a man imprisoned against his will and with no explanation for years before he is released and sets out to find and take revenge on his captor.
Many names have been tossed around, so hopefully things will be finalized setting up a shoot early in 2012. READ MORE
Back in November we reported that Colin Firth was in talks for the villain role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.
Color me disappointed, it looks like that will longer happen. Here’s hoping they can find a similarly inspired choice for the role.
Per Twitch, “Firth confirm[ed] the offer in subsequent interviews while playing coy about his intended response but had he taken the role on it would have seen him playing Josh Brolin’s tormentor in the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned for years without explanation. Well, they’re going to need to find another kidnapper. Twitch has learned that Firth has now officially passed on the project meaning they need to find someone else to play opposite Brolin in what is being planned as an early 2012 shoot.”
It’s worth noting that when we spoke with producer Roy Lee last month he insisted that this new take would be “different and darker” than the original.
Whom do you Oldboy fans feel should play the villain? READ MORE
Last week while Bloody Disgusting was on the Los Angeles set of Takashi Shimizu’s new film, 7500, we had a chance to speak with Roy Lee about that film as well as a few upcoming projects. While I can’t say too much about 7500 right now, Mr. Lee was able to clue us in on a progress report in regard to Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.
Things are gearing up fast, “We are planning to shoot ‘Oldboy’ in March, and we should start preproduction in late January”.
On if they had retained anything from the draft by Better Luck Tomorrow writers Ernesto Foronda, Fabian Marquez and Justin Lin, “No. This is completely separate. A brand new script by Mark Protosevich.”
As far as the new approach? “It is very similar but we’ve added new elements. Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements that will throw off the audience that have seen the original movie. There are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but then eventually get it going in the same direction… The ending will be something that fans of the original will e very happy with, in fact some may consider it to be a bit darker.”
On that famous hallway scene, “There’s a different interpretation of that scene that will hopefully be Spike’s signature moment in the movie. He wants to show it in a way that he’s never seen an action movie do it before.”
7500 lands in theaters on August 31, 2012. Expect more updates, and our full set report, as that date approaches. READ MORE
This could actually be pretty amazing. It seems that Colin Firth has a shot at a really meaty role as the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake!
Per Twitch, “Twitch has learned that an offer is out to Firth for the part of Adrian, which means that – should he accept – he will be stepping into the villain role opposite Josh Brolin”
It’s worth noting that Twitch was the first to report that Brolin was in talks so this could be legit. There was also mention of Rooney Mara joining the pic a few months back though that has yet to be confirmed.
Oldboy fans – what do you think? Is Firth up to the task? READ MORE
With Josh Brolin now confirmed for the lead of Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy and the vultures circling Christian Bale for the villain role the question of the moment is who will play Brolin’s daughter? And sources are telling Twitch that the actress being targeted to play the character – renamed Marie in this version of the story – is Rooney Mara.
Offers have not been made, but it’s worth noting that Twitch was correct in their early scoop on Brolin’s casting.
Mara is blowing up after starring in New Line and Warners A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and can be seen in the English version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this December.
Back in July Twitch first reported that Mandate wanted Josh Brolin for their remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean masterpiece, Oldboy, which will be directed by Spike Lee.
It’s official as Brolin will topline the Mandate Pictures redo, which begins production in March, reports Deadline. Brolin, who just wrapped Men in Black 3 with Will Smith, next begins work on Warner Bros’ Gangster Squad.
The new Oldboy has script adapted by Mark Protosevich, who will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce via Vertigo Entertainment.
“The story centers on a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life.”
Christian Bale has made clear he won’t decide his next move until after The Dark Knight Rises wraps later this fall. When that time comes, he’ll have some weighty options — several high-profile projects and a handful of studios are actively courting the soon-to-be former Caped Crusader, reports Variety.
One such film: Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. According to the site, Bale would play the villain, which means he won’t have to worry about having sex with his own daughter. It would be nice to see Bale brush off his Patrick Bateman character from American Psycho and work bits of him into this redo.
“The original South Korean masterpiece revolves around a man who’s kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he’s finally released and begins looking into the reason for his captivity, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has even more torturous plans for him.”
The original film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday. I feel like I’ve been through war and back just on the Evil Dead news alone. In the middle of that, there’s all sorts of juicy little news bites sneaky out on a slew of major projects.
Let’s begin with the news courtesy of Twitch who report that Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, Men in Black III, True Grit, No Country for Old Men) tops Mandate’s casting wishlist for the Spike Lee-directed Oldboy remake. In a separate story they also answer questions about the script’s direction. Park Chan-Wook’s South Korean film was itself an adaptation of a previous Japanese manga and so the question becomes which will provide the basis for the US film. And the answer is both. A source close to the production tells Twitch that writer Mark Protosevich is using both the Korean film and the Japanese book as reference points for his own script.
The site also reports another jaw-dropper citing that MGM is seeking a younger actor to portray RoboCop in the forthcoming reboot of the 1987 classic being helmed by Jose Padilha. Star Trek‘s Chris Pine could be that man as he’s said to be the “studio’s top choice.” It’ll be pretty embarassing if neither of these casting scoops pan out. The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. Peter Weller played the character in the original him in the original and the 1990 sequel.
Our exclusive news that Lionsgate’s Dibbuk Box has been renamed to The Possession is now confirmed. It’s a terrible title. The end.
Speaking of Mandate and Ghost House Pictures, we might as well share with you the following UK TV Spot for Evil Dead 2 that features a young Sam Raimi pitching his horror flick to Journalist Jonathan Ross. It pretty much makes up for Dibbuk Box‘s new title.
Just added: Inside you’ll find the UK poster for Rise of the Planet of the Apes featuring the psychotic leader Caesar. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, Fox goes to war on August 5.
After a three-year hiatus, Spike Lee has found his next feature directing project, committing to helm Mandate Pictures’ remake of the South Korean thriller Oldboy, as previously rumored late last week.
“The original story revolves around a man who’s kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he’s finally released and begins looking into the reason for his captivity, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has even more torturous plans for him.”
The original film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Mark Protosevich has adapted the script with Roy Lee and Doug Davison producing through Vertigo Entertainment and 40 Acres & A Mule Productions. Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce.
Oldboy has been a high priority at Mandate for some time, with Steven Spielberg at one point eyeing to direct and Will Smith circling to star. When Spielberg and Smith moved on, the project went under the radar as Mandate began searching for new candidates.
Our friends at Twitch have learned exclusively that Spike Lee (Inside Man, Do the Right Thing) is apparently in taks to direct the kong-gestured Oldboy, Universal Pictures’ remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean masterpiece.
Word of a US remake of the Park Chan-Wook revenge classic first surfaced in 2008 with rumors that both Steven Spielberg (in some capacity) and Will Smith were eyeing the project.
The film is set up at Mandate with Doug Davison and Roy Lee producing and Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) writing the script.
“An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.”
If you haven’t seen Oldboy yet, you have no idea what you’re missing out on.
Halloween is right around the corner and Palisades/Tartan, known for releasing some really great horror films (Shutter, A Tale of Two Sisters, Marebito, Phone), is teaming with Bloody Disgusting to celebrate the holiday. The prize? How about a SIGNED copy of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy boxset (review)! Yes, not only will you receive Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance on DVD (three incredible films), but the set will rock a beautiful signature from one of the most acclaimed directors in Korea. Color me jealous. Red on to see how to enter.