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Spike Lee Sued Over “Oldboy” Movie Posters

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Spike Lee has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit from artist Juan Luis Garcia regarding Lee’s recent film  reboot of Oldboy. Garcia is aserting that Lee used his proposed movie posters after initially declining to use them and pay the artist.

Garcia claims that he created the posters for the film and offered them to Lee and his Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production company “access to the posters, and offered Defendants the opportunity to use them to market their film, with the condition precedent that they pay Plaintiff for such use. Defendants never paid Plaintiff.”

However, the ad agency apparently offered a very low amount of money for the work so Garcia withdrew the work. Then, last November, Garcia wrote an open letter to the director saying that he had worked exclusively on the posters for two months and in response to that letter, Lee tweeted,

“I Never Heard Of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia,If He Has A Beef It’s Not With Me.I Did Not Hire Him,Do Not Know Him.Cheap Trick Writing To Me.YO.” One man responded to Lee on Instagram, saying, “Dude pay the graphic artist,” and Lee responded, “Why Should I Pay Someone Who I Never Met Nor Had Any Contact With Ever? He Never Made Any Deal With Me.Why Don’t You Pay Me For Your Stupid Text On Thanksgiving Day?”

According to the lawsuit, it mostly takes issue with the fact that the Oldboy posters were released with the tags, “;© 2013 Spike Lee,”; and “;© 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.”

“This copyright attribution is false, as Plaintiff owns these posters, not anyone else, and the images were not owned or under license to Defendants,” states the complaint (read here). “Moreover, Defendants knew this was false at the time these posters were created, but continued to reproduce and distribute this false information.”

Garcia also claims copyright infringement as well as the more rare claim of a violation under 17 U.S.C. 1202. The latter claim has to do with the alleged alteration of copyright management information. The plaintiff, represented by attorney Douglas Linde, seeks various profits and statutory damages not specified.

New Behind the Scenes Featurette For Spike Lee’s Oldboy

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A brand new featurette for Spike Lee’s upcoming reboot of “Oldboy” has been released online. The featurette takes you behind the scenes of the film as well as some time with the actors. Oldboy stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Lee directed the picture with a script from Mark Protosevi Continue reading

New Images Released From Spike Lee’s Oldboy

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Spike Lee’s reboot of the South Korean film of the same name is just a few months away and we finally have the first glimpses into the project. Earlier today the first poster for Oldboy was released, which you can see above, as well as couple teaser images featuring the room where our main character will be kept. The teaser images were released via the film’s official Facebook page. Continue reading

Oldboy Teaser Poster Revealed

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The American adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s Korean film, Oldboy, has released its first teaser poster, which you can see above. FilmDistrict revealed the poster at CinemaCon and has since put the poster online. The adaptation comes from Spike Lee and is set to hit theaters on October 11.  Continue reading

James Ransone Replaces Nate Parker in Oldboy

To many, Oldboy is a cult classic. The 2003 South Korean film was directed by Park Chan-wook. It is loosely based upon the Japanese manga of the same name, written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi. The American re-make has just had a casting switch up.

James Ransone has signed the dotted line and will replace actor Nate Parker in the film Spike Lee will direct. There was some scheduling conflicts that are to blame for the swap. The re-make is scheduled for release in 2013 and has a script from Mark Protosevich.

I’ve got to say, I do like the way the cast is shaping up. Josh Brolin will star as the lead character, Joe. This character’s name is Dae-su Oh in the original korean film. Joe is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades without a clue as to why. the day he is suddenly released, he is told he’s got four days to figure out why it all went down.

To say he’s trapped in a hotel room is a little too nice to describe his incarceration. In the original film, there’s a TV set in his room, but no window. He’s fed, but also frequently gassed by his mysterious captors who will cut his hair but won’t wash any blood stains out of his room. The TV shows him that his wife was murdered shortly after his own kidnapping and the police suspect him. When he is mysteriously freed, he can’t very well go to the police.

Ransone will play a doctor who works with the lead female, who is acted by Elizabeth Olsen. Yes, that’s younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Ransone, largely a TV series actor, worked with Spike Lee on Inside Man. He also acts in the horror flick out now, titled Sinister, and starring Ethan Hawke.

Sharlto Copley from District 9 and The A-Team will co-star as the antagonist. I’m a big fan of his work. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to do a cameo.

Film critic Roger Ebert said the original Oldboy was a “powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare”. That’s an incredible review! Also, in 2008, a CNN poll found that Oldboy was considered one of the ten best Asian films ever made. In fact, I just saw Oldboy on a list of the best Asian films of all time, standing tall amongst titles like The Man from Nowhere and Seven Samurai. It is very much time to bring an American version to those unfamiliar with the original. I do recommend watching the original before the re-make comes out. It has a style all its own.

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.

Old Boy Adaptation Casting Update

News has been slow coming for the reboot of the Park Chan-wook film Oldboy which is based on the manga of the same name. Casting news has changed drastically over the last few months for the Spike Lee directed reboot. Colin Firth was originally offered the role of the villain, however he has decided against it and now Sharlto Copley has been offered the part.

Copely, most known for staring in the film District 9, will appear opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen as the main characters.

The reboot will follow Joe (named Dae-su Oh in the original) who will be played by Brolin as he is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (it was 15 years in the original). But Joe has no understanding why he has been imprisoned. When he is suddenly released, he is told he has just four days to determine the reason for his detainment.

Originally a late ’90’s manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the American version will apparently, as in that series, go by that two word title rather that the single world Oldboy that Chan-wook’s version used.

I have seen the original film (but have not read the manga) and there are some pretty heavy themes from live and love, to the psychology of being imprisoned, incest, family ties, and not to mention the brutality. I am not to sure American audiences are totally ready for what the film entails, and I am curious to see what they keep and what they change slightly to make more appropriate for the less open-minded audiences.

Oh yeah, and the scene where he eats a live octopus alive… will probably make you sick. This probably won’t be included in the American reboot as eating live octopus is not a delicacy here as it is in Korea.