Oldboy remake gets a familiar write-up
There isn't a lot coming out about the remake of Oldboy from director Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson, in fact apart from that information we've heard nothing about it.
Now though we know when the film is expected to be released and there's something else that comes with that release notification, a blurb.
Okay, don't get too excited, while there's a blurb there's not a great deal of a blurb, and it isn't exactly earth shattering, but then what would we expect? A big reveal? Thankfully not.
The release date that The Hollywood Reporter carries for the film is the 11th of October 2013 and that apparently means that it has nothing else to contend with, although there's a long way to go and dates always change, there's really no reason to talk about dates until we're almost there. The real information here is the blurb.
The new Oldboy has been shrouded in mystery, or rather to be honest there just hasn't been any information about it now the blurb tells us next to nothing and yet also reveals a lot.
"...Josh Brolin as an advertising executive who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement for unknown reasons...
When the ad executive is released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find that he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation."
So what we're being told is that the set-up of the film is exactly the same as the original and that there's nothing else to tell.
In a way I'm really thankful that we're not going to hear anything more about it, but I am curious to see if they are going to diverge from the original and I actually hope they really do diverge and in a big way.
Those of us who have seen Oldboy (Filmstalker review) don't want to see the same film made again or the same film sanitised for an American audience safe version, and you really can't expect Spike Lee to do that can you? Still, the possibility that it could be a soft remake troubles me, I want to see a hint that they're doing something different and just as surprising as the original.