DreamWorks is in the process of trying to secure the rights to remake South Korean indie cult hit Oldboy. Chatting about possibly collaborating on said remake for Universal is none other than Steven Spielberg and Will Smith.
Oldboy is a revenge movie. It follows Dae-su Oh (Min-sik Choi) who’s kidnapped and kept captive in a room for 15 years. If the capture wasn’t inexplicable enough, he’s randomly released, given some money, clothes, and a cell phone and sent on his way. This is where he begins his quest to find his captors and gain his revenge.
I’m not a person who has seen Oldboy, but it is one that I’ve always had on my list to see due to the incredible amount of love people have for it. Even having not seen it, if you would have told me that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were going to do the American remake (wait, how has it taken 5 years to remake this when we’re remaking most foreign films before they’re even done shooting these days?), then I would have certainly laughed at your silly attempts at attention.
In any case, even if this happens and is great (which I sure hope it is — Spielberg could use something like this after that whole Indy thing), I’m sure the original is probably pretty insurmountable.
Be sure to see the original as I plan to do before waiting on this one! Not that it will be out anytime soon.