‘Oldboy’ & Spike Lee
July 12, 2011 by Post Team
‘Oldboy’ & Spike Lee, Spike Lee is having a moment. Mandate Pictures today confirmed rumors that the director would helm the remake of the cult classic 2003 Korean Oldboy. The announcement came just hours after Lee was going to twitter the next set of yet-to-be-announced Spike Lee joint. This would be a great day for any director, however, has not had a movie in theaters from Miracle at St. Anna failed three years ago.
The new version has undergone a series of directors over their development. For a long time, Will Smith showed interest, insisting that the new version will stick close to the original source material tamer and ultra-violent film Chan-wook Park. No word on how close the script by Mark Protosevich will adhere to either the manga or movie.
But now that Lee is at the helm of time developing Oldboy remake, it’s time to start wondering how in the height of the author is. One of the main advantages in the adaptation of Lee Oldboy is its versatility. The director began his career directing socially conscious, character-driven independent films like do the Right Thing, only to have the most success in 2006 with Inside Man, a heist movie. Such rank of director – ranging from small genre films of big successes – added to his ever-present condition of controversial filmmaker making it a suitable candidate for the remake.
Anyone familiar with the original film or manga that was based on imagining the difficulty in importing the thriller to the U.S. The last time I checked, Kevin James does not eat a live octopus in The Zookeeper. Whenever a cult classic remake treatment faces, especially when imported, is not intended to be a strong reaction from fans and a lot of questions. Let Me In, the remake of director Matt Reeves Let the Right One In, captured the feeling of the original, but could not find the box office success. In the case of Oldboy, which attracted viewers who are exactly the kinds of things that will be seen as too graphic for the American public. When you think of Oldboy, the mind goes directly to the scene of the octopus, the cckfight and takes the final shift disturbing. The loss of these elements is what fans Oldboy more afraid of a new version. Lee faces the difficult task of maintaing the shock value of the original, trying not to alienate a mainstream American audience.
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