If memory serves, there has been talk of an Oldboy remake since even before the Korean thriller was released here in North America. At the time, I believe Fabian Marquez (Better Luck Tomorrow) was writing the script, with Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) on board to direct. Since then the project was left to rot in development hell, with many fans of the original hoping it would simply stay that way for good.
Not to be my friends! There are still plenty of people out there who think this movie has potential to make money as an American remake, and one of those people, apparently is Steven Spielberg. I suppose it goes without saying that whatever Spielberg wants, Spielberg gets, and in this case, he actually wants Will Smith to star as well! Variety reported a few days ago that Dreamworks was in the process of picking up the remake rights to Oldboy, and if all goes according to plan, they will be looking for a writer ASAP. I fail to see how a Spielberg/Smith collaboration could be a losing venture, but at the same time, I have to wonder how they could make the whole story palatable for a mainstream audience. Anyone who has seen the original knows that it wouldn’t have the same impact without that twist ending. What do you think, could Spielberg do Oldboy justice, or is this just a disaster waiting to happen?