So how do we feel about Spike Lee remaking Oldboy? While I’m an avid fan of many of Lee’s films, I still harbor concern for the authenticity an American take on this story will lend—furthermore, whether a typical American audience can stomach it. However, I’m reminded of the grittiness of Summer of Sam and The 25th Hour and there’s a little hope in me yet that Spike Lee will pull through on this one. I guess we’ll find out next year.
I’m curious about it. If OLDBOY is destined to be remade, then I’d rather somebody with Lee’s sensibilities tackle it than someone like, say, Spielberg, who was previously attached to the project. I think Lee might have a tendency to stick closer to the original source material, something that’s going to be important if the remake is going to have any impact at all. I know that Will Smith was originally rumored to play the lead (during the Spielberg development) but I imagine that if he thought DJANGO UNCHAINED was too rough, then he won’t wanna touch OLDBOY either. Current rumor is that Josh Brolin is in early talks to star, and that’s casting I can get behind. I’ll wait to pass judgment once the film comes out.