Justin Lin still considering Oldboy remake
Previously we had heard that Justin Lin didn't want to remake the superb Oldboy unless it was perfect, and that was pretty much final on the project. However just yesterday he's reiterated the same comment, so perhaps it's not dead.
Oldboy (Filmstalker review) is a superb film which tells the story of a man released from a makeshift prison after fifteen years for no apparent reason. When he is released he decides to track down the person who put him there, but it seems he is following him already. What exactly is going on, and why was he taken from his family and imprisoned for so long?
I wholeheartedly recommend this film, if you haven't seen it go and see it now and read nothing more about it, apart from my spoiler free review that is. Then you'll realise that there's next to no way that this film could be remade.
What is interesting is that Justin Lin comments that Hollywood want to do a straight remake of the film, and that means the exact same plot. Now considering how that turns out there's just no way we could see that in Hollywood is there?
"Everybody has their opinions on remakes and if the goal was to basically make a Xerox copy, then I wouldn't want to make that. It's a tough movie to remake. It's a big challenge. In the last year, if anything, I've been protecting it a little bit, because if it's not the right situation, then I'm probably not the right guy for it...
...If it's not totally there, it's not worth it. I personally haven't been able to find the right fit nor the right rhythm, so we'll see. I honestly will probably move on from that."
Those are Justin Lin's comments from Lin through Coming Soon. Now did you catch that "probably move on from that" comment? He hasn't left the production, it's still very much alive and he's still seriously considering it.
That said he does seem to have the right attitude for the film and believes that it just can't be remade scene for scene. I agree and there would have to be something very different in the U.S. version.
I would suggest that the take the standard premise of the original, forgetting the intricacies of the plot, and apply that to western life. What could compare? Myself I start coming out with an Arlington Road type idea.
Sorry to be so vague, but if you haven't seen the film I really want you to see it without spoilers. So all those who haven't seen it beware in the comments. Perhaps I'll expand on where I see it could go and why down there.
I think the scariest thing is if Justin Lin pulls out and they turn to their next choice. Who could that be, and who could take over on an Oldboy remake?