by Eddie Wright
The poster for the upcoming Spike Lee Joint/remake/manga adaptation, “Oldboy” made its debut at movie theater owner trade show CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Those of us familiar with Chan Wook-Park’s masterpiece and/or Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s manga (“Old Boy”) can see that the poster is a reference to the 20 years our main character is kept in both literal and existential captivity.
Along with the poster, folks at CinemaCon got hold of the official synopsis of the Josh Brolin-starring Americanization. Check out the poster and synopsis below.
OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
“Oldboy” is one of the most controversial comic-based flicks in recent memory as the original adaptation is an amazingly highly-regarded South Korean import and some fans tend to be cautious about the whitewashing of Asian roles.
Back in May of 2012, Brolin spoke about his respect for the original adaptation and his fear of letting down fans. He said:
“But I really respect his movie and we’ll make a little different movie, and this whole idea of a more Hollywood version of it? Whatever. We’re just going to make a different version but have respect to the initial story and premise. I’m looking forward to it, man. I’m talking about it nervously right now because it makes me nervous.”
The U.S. “Oldboy” was almost directed by Steven Spielberg and nearly starred Will Smith. That would’ve been a thing, huh?
“Oldboy” is out on October 11th.
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