Update: Deadline has confirmed that Spike Lee will indeed direct Oldboy.
Just when you thought that at least one unnecessary remake had wisely been put to rest, the madness starts up all over again. A few years ago, we heard that Will Smith was attempting to set up a remake of Park Chan-Wook’s shocking revenge thriller Oldboy, and that Steven Spielberg would produce and possibly direct it. Fortunately, rights issues supposedly complicated the situation so much that DreamWorks decided to walk away, and it seemed like the project might never end up seeing the light of day. Well, now this week it appears that the U.S. remake is still moving forward, and an a big name director is circling it. Would you believe that big name director is… Spike Lee?
According to Twitch, Spike Lee is indeed in talks to helm the remake, which is still being set up at Mandate Pictures. Doug Davison and Roy Lee are producing, while Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) remains on board as the writer. It’s unclear if Protosevich’s original script will still be used or if he will start writing a new one with the help of Spike Lee.
It’s also unclear if Steven Spielberg or Will Smith are still involved in anyway. It seems unlikely that Spielberg would remain on board if DreamWorks pulled out, however, Smith was the one pushing for the project all along, and he did just pass on Django Unchained. Either way, Spike Lee is clearly an exciting choice to direct and one that should make this remake a lot more palatable for many people. What do you think, would you like to see an Oldboy remake directed by Spike Lee?