Three years ago, I was first introduced by Netflix to South Korean cinema when I saw Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy. As most people, I was absolutely blown away. The film is well near perfect.
Fight choreography? Excellent.
Score and its utilization? Fantastic.
Story? Effing twisted.
Therefore, directing was superb.
So, let’s say when an excellent, one-of-a-kind film is made, what should one do?
NOT MAKE A FREAKING REMAKE.
But as we all know, Hollywood’s hopped onto this very idea.
With Spike Lee directing, Mark Protosevich writing, and Josh Brolin starring, who friggin’ knows how this will turn out.
Personally, I ain’t no fan of Spike Lee. Personally or cinematically.
I give him made props for 25th Hour, though. That film’s a gem. Inside Man is okay, I’ll need to see it again. But as for the rest, I like to take a few steps back from them.
However, Justin Lin was going to be the original director of this remake, and I’ll honestly take Spike Lee over that guy for this project ANY day.
I’m really nervous for this screenplay for various reasons, but the main reason is because of WHO is writing the screenplay. And that is Mark Protosevich. Who’s wrote such WONDERFUL films like Poseidon, I Am Legend, and Thor. I got a pretty good feeling that this guy isn’t going to really get what made the story of Park Chan-Wook’s so swell.
In Oldboy 2013’s defense, it IS allegedly supposed to stay true to the manga unlike Park Chan-Wook’s did (but maybe there’s a good reason why Park Chan-Wook changed a lot). Then again, is this Mark guy really finna even understand the manga? Most likely not.
Josh Brolin, today’s Kevin Kostner, is going to “star” in Oldboy 2013 … I really can’t decide if that’s better or worse than having Will Smith, who was originally casted, “star” in the film. I think that’s a post for another time.
That’s all the negatives in a nutshell, now it’s time for the positives in a nutshell:
1) Sharlto Copley as the film’s antagonist = MIGHT BE THE BIGGEST REASON WHY I WILL SEE THIS.
2) Elizabeth Olsen as the daughter of the protagonist = MIGHT BE THE SECOND BIGGEST REASON WHY I WILL SEE THIS.
3) Samuel L. Jackson is also in the film. But I think that’s just because I’m curious.
4) The cinematography should be pretty dope, considering it’s done by Sean Bobbit, who’s most known for working for Steve McQueen’s entire three-film filmography (Hunger, Shame, and Twelve Years A Slave) plus United 93 and The Place Beyond The Pines. All of which have amazing cinematography.
The main reason for my interest in seeing Oldboy 2013 can all just be boiled down to curiosity. I’m not expecting it to be amazing, or even good, or even entertaining. I just wanna see what happens. Initially, I was pretty pissed off about it. But being up to date with all its production changes, this could’ve been a lot worse. So I will be grateful for that. As we all should.
Would you rather see a remake of Oldboy directed by Justin Lin / Steven Spielberg starring Will Smith?
Didn’t think so.