Details On Spike Lee ‘Oldboy’ Emerge

For fans of the original manga and the live-action adaptation by Chan-wook Park, an American retelling of “Oldboy” has always been a hard thing to imagine. There was no way the proposed Will Smith version could embrace the dark overtones of the story to satisfy fans. How watered-down would it be?

Adding director Spike Lee to the equation, certainly gave fans more hope for the final product, but only complicated the matter further.

Spike Lee would inevitably inject a lot of his own style into the story, which is far from familiar territory for the auteur. What would a Spike Lee-directed “Oldboy” look like?

Up until now, we’ve clung to sparse casting news. First, Josh Brolin landed the lead, and now an offer is supposedly out to Colin Firth.

The only news about the story and how it would relate to the two pieces of source material came from talk of Mark Protosevich’s script. The new version will pull from both the manga and the movie, but that’s as specific as the news got.

But now, producer Roy Lee sat down with Collider and opened up about the changes Protosevich is making, hoping to play to fans who are familiar with the story.

“Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements to it that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that changes the story but eventually go in the same direction,” Lee said.

As for the controversial ending, Lee says that the new version won’t pull any punches: “The ending will be something that the audiences will all be‚Ķespecially the fans of the original will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker.”

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