If you’re distressed about the idea of an English language remake of Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy,” then stop reading now, because Sharlto Copley, who plays the villain of the piece is excited about it and I’m sure he doesn’t need your negative vibe
If, however, you’re willing to give the remake a chance, then here’s what Copley had to say, in an interview with MTV News, about about plans for the film, which also stars Josh Brolin with Spike Lee directing.
They’ve been very true to the spirit of it. It’s dark, it’s gritty. They’re not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I’m very excited about that movie. I’m very excited about working with Spike and with Josh. I think it’s going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally.”
“Old Boy,” as you no doubt know, is about a man who is suddenly kidnapped and held hostage for fifteen years without any understanding of why or who is kidnapping him. Then suddenly he is released and given four days to find out why he was kidnapped.
The original film was based on a manga series from the ’90s that had the title (translated) “Old Boy.” Park Chan-Wook’s film used the title “Oldboy,” one word, but the American version will revert back to the original. “Old Boy,” the two word version, does not yet have a release date.