A man is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years and his wife is brutally murdered. On his release, he is given a wallet full of money and a mobile phone. A stranger calls and asks him to try and figure out why he was imprisoned. A girl appears and promises to help him solve the enigma and seek vengeance for his cruel fate. As the search progresses, the man finally comes face to face with his kidnapper, who proposes a game: if the man discovers the reason for his imprisonment, his kidnapper will kill himself. If not, then the girl will be killed - but he has only five days to unravel the mystery.
This is the first we've heard that Mark Protosevich was writing the remake. We last reported on Oldboy nearly a year ago when it was reported that a deal couldn't be reached between Mandate Pictures and DreamWorks. Steven Spielberg was attached to the remake before the deal fell through. Now it seems Mandate will try and enter negotiations with Steven Spielberg once again, with Matthew Vaughn and possibly Danny Boyle being thrown in the mix as back-ups in case Spielberg opts out.
Interestingly enough, Danny Boyle had been rumored to direct a remake of Lady Vengeance, the last movie in Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy which also included Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy. The rumor was shot down last March.Read More
You can bring Chan-Wook Park's thrilling trilogy home in 1080p for the first time this March. The Vengeance Trilogy, which was released on DVD this past November, will be released in a new Blu-ray set on March 16. This eight-disc set will be priced at $49.93 SRP and, although we don't have the cover art images, you can take a look at the special features below. It was also said that there will be a special essay on each film, written by noted writers and filmmakers.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the first film in Park Chan-Wook's acclaimed Vengeance trilogy. The sister of a simple and deaf factory worker, Ryu, falls ill and needs a kidney transplant, however he is not a match so he looks to the black market which he can't afford. After being fired from his job, his rebel girlfriend suggests that he kidnap the child of his former boss, Park. When the girl accidentally dies, her father seeks vengeance for her death.Read More
It seems that fans against the remake of a beloved Chan-wook Park film may have finally gotten their wish. Latino Review is reporting that the Oldboy remake/reboot project is currently dead.
DreamWorks was in the process of obtaining the rights to the original Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya with Mandate. The film was going to be based on that manga and not the Oldboy film, but it seems that DreamWorks and Mandate couldn't see eye to eye and have left the project.Read More
There's been much talk about the Oldboy remake, set to star Will Smith with Steven Spielberg directing, and Smith recently had something to say about his new project. Film School Rejects caught up with Smith at the premiere of Seven Pounds, where Smith indicated that the film is not a straight-up remake of the original Chan-wook Park film.We're looking at that right now. Not the film though, it's the original source material. There's the original comics of 'Oldboy' that they made the first film from. And that's what we're working from, not an adaptation of the film...," said Smith.
The article goes on to say that Spielberg didn't purchase the rights to the original film, but he picked up the rights to the comic books. We'll certainly keep you posted on any developments surrounding this new film.Read More
Windom Earle? Whoop-doo!
Twin Peaks fans? Whoop-doo! Wow, this is unbelievable. I've gotten through November of 2008 without anyone ruining the ending of Twin Peaks for me. I'm not talking about the revelation of Laura Palmer's killer. Although I never watched the show way back when it first aired in 1990 and 1991, I eventually heard the astonishing outcome of this great television mystery. It came as no big shock to my system. No. What I'm talking about is the conclusion of the actual series itself. From my guestimation, not too many people made it past the midway point of season two. Except for the hardcore fans. It was theirs at that point, and I guess they never felt like sharing. I'd never heard the name Windom Earle until I sat down to watch the entire box set that came out late last year. And was quite astonished upon viewing that final episode in the series. The one that came before Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Directed by David Lynch, it has to be one of the greatest series finales ever constructed for modern television audiences. I don't think there has been anything like it before or since, and I have to wonder why Windom Earle isn't a bigger part of American pop cult idolatry and showmanship. Again, I guess the fans that stuck with it until the very end didn't feel like letting us more ignorant folks in on the secret. If you are anything like me (i.e. a giant procrastinator), you should do yourself a favor and finally sit through these twenty-nine episodes. Make sure you get the Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition [10 Discs], though. It's the one that comes with the pilot. Whoop-doo!Read More