Spike Lee directing Hollywood Oldboy remake?
Well that's what the rumours say, and despite the strong source of the rumour I'm really having a hard time believing that this is going to happen, I mean forget the chances of a remake of Oldboy working but then add in the fact that Spike Lee is in talks to direct it and there are so many unlikely possibilities it would seem impossible that it could happen.
Spike Lee directing a Hollywood remake of Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy (Filmstalker review)? Seriously? That's crazier than the idea of Will Smith and Steven Spielberg making it, but then that was on the cards for a while wasn't it?
No really, if you didn't realise that was actually the way the remake was headed, however no more was heard of it and it seemed that everyone had seen sense, there was just no way to make it and there was no point. That said, there was the usual talk of going back to the source material for the Steven Spielberg and Will Smith version, going back to the comic book story.
Still, it never happened and Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy was safe once again. Although he was never really concerned about it being remade, after all he'd made his film.
So what of the rumour that Spike Lee could be directing? Well Twitch caught the rumour and have the exclusive catch on it, and I have huge respect for Todd and the site, so more than most I would believe what he says, but Spike Lee? Really?
What is Lee most known for? She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, Inside Man (Filmstalker review), Miracle at St. Anna? There's undoubtedly a very strong sense of what kind of film-maker Lee is and what type of film he is known for, and that film tends to be shouting for people's rights and for equality, there are a few that step off that track, the recent Inside Man most notably, but the rest of the career is clear.
Of course if you look at Inside Man you can see a totally different kind of film from the man, and perhaps that's what he's pitching for, or maybe he's seen something in the rest of his films that would suit Oldboy well? Who knows, but right now looking at Lee's career I find it hard to imagine him pulling off a Hollywood version of Oldboy.
A lot of that is down to what I know of Oldboy (Filmstalker review) and what I expect the remake will be, or rather what I won't. I'm looking at the current film, which is excellent, and assuming that an English language remake would be very similar. Perhaps they're taking it off in a wildly different direction and I'm judging it unfairly on the previous film? I don't see it though.
Can you see Spike Lee directing Oldboy?