Wednesday 25 April 2018

Spike Lee to direct Oldboy remake

Spike Lee is directing the English-language version of Oldboy
Spike Lee is directing the English-language version of Oldboy

Spike Lee is to direct the Hollywood remake of Oldboy.

Will Smith and Steven Spielberg, alongside British filmmakers Danny Boyle and Matthew Vaughn, were previously attached to the English-language adaptation of Chan-wook Park's Korean thriller, but Mandate Pictures have announced that the coveted gig has gone to two-time Oscar nominee Spike.

"It's a great honour to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director," Mandate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

Spike - who is set to reprise his role as Mookie from Do The Right Thing in a new indie film called Red Hook Summer - will direct the film from Mark Protosevich's screenplay.

The original 2003 film, which won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter's birthday, and held captive for 15 years.

When he is released, he must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment, but soon finds out his kidnapper has plans for him that are more tortuous than his solitary confinement.

Spike - whose films tend to highlight social and political issues - received Oscar nods for 1989's Do The Right Thing and 1997 documentary 4 Little Girls.

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