FilmDistrict Acquires US Distribution Rights for Spike Lee’s Oldboy Remake

It was announced today that the almost dead project, Spike Lee’s OldBoy remake, has had it’s U.S. distribution rights acquired by FilmDistrict. The film, a U.S. remake of the South Korean film, is set to star Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley.

The Spike Lee project is being produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment and Nathan Kahane on behalf of Good Universe. Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton will executive produce. Mark Protosevich wrote the adapted screenplay and is co-producing. Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing the film for Good Universe. The film is also a 40 Acres & A Mule production.

FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel commented on the acquisition saying,

“Spike Lee is the right filmmaker to reimagine and put his touch onto arguably one of the most talked about thrillers in recent memory. The cast that he and producers Nathan, Joe, Roy and Doug have put together is sure to elevate the material and engage audiences. FilmDistrict is proud to be releasing one of the first films from Good Universe here in the U.S.”

Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane said,

“Nothing thrills us more than to partner with our longtime friend Peter and the exceptional team at FilmDistrict.”

Oldboy is a psychologically provoking thriller that follows a business man who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. He has no idea why or who has him locked up. Then one day he is released and embarks on a mission to figure out what has happened to him. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker and ultimately to an illusive man who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

The original highly-acclaimed South Korean film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

My question is this. Will this remake stick to the themes of love, incest, right and wrong? Ignorance is bliss, sometimes, though it is up to the viewer to decide their opinion on the matter. Incest remains a huge taboo subject in American culture and the idea of presenting it so openly may  alienate viewers. Also, will they have a scene eating a live octopus? PLEASE, I HOPE NOT. I CAN’T HANDLE THAT AGAIN.

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