Oldboy remake trailer, Lee opens the case
The remake of Oldboy by writer Mark Protosevich and director Spike Lee isn't that far off now, something most who had seen the original had never thought would happen finally has, and now there's a trailer to show us what to expect.
What's different about this, or what we're told is different about this version, is that it is based on the original comic books and not the film. To be fair we hear this all too often about remakes - oh it's based on the source material, not the film, and then. Well, let's judge Oldboy uniquely shall we?
Spike Lee has directed Josh Brolin in the leading role as the man locked up for years and finally freed for unknown reasons. He's supported by Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Imperioli, Sharlto Copley and Lance Reddick. From that list of names you should be thinking very positive things, so what of the trailer?
Well remember that this is based on the original source material and not just remaking the film. You think that but then if you've seen the original watching the trailer you'll probably be thinking two things, the first is that there are many recognisable scenes and the second is that original plot, will it be here too?
The trailer comes through TrailerAddict and is well worth watching, it looks very good and I think it's enough to draw you into the cinema to see this film, even if you are a fan of the original and cannot believe how a western remake could work.
So that's the new Oldboy and I have to admit I'm intrigued and want to see it, even if there are so many comparable moments in there, surely it's going to offer something new, after all that's what we're being told - the original comic book series will give us something different.
Worth noting is that Mark Protosevich also wrote I Am Legend (Filmstalker review), and that was a remake of The Omega Man which did give a very different view of a story that we thought we had all seen. Perhaps this time that comment about the source material will turn out to be true.