While it’s been a film that’s been talked about since it was first announced, there has been one thing that Spike Lee’s remake of Chan Wook-Park’s Oldboy hasn’t had: a distributor. However, that has changed.
Deadline reports that Film District has picked up the US rights to the much talked about remake, starring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and up and comer Nate Parker.
Now while this seems to be a solid fit (simply given how much of a hit their turn with Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive was), this project still seems bizarrely uninteresting. Spike Lee is a fantastic filmmaker, and this has been one hell of a year for the director, but with such a beloved film as its source material (as well as the original manga), the project just seems kind of doomed.
Personally though, hopes are high. I love this cast, and Lee is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers, so while it seems like a doomed project, there is always potential for greatness here. Given the cast and crew, my hopes are staying in the clouds. For now.