Screenwriter Mark Protosevich Talks OLDBOY, Appeasing Fans, Maintaining the Power of the Twist, the Status of COLLIDER, and More

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It ain’t easy being the guy who opts to remake Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy.  Back at New York Comic Con, Oldboy scribe Mark Protosevich took the stage and even though the footage shown was well received, he still got slammed with question after question regarding why he’d even try to remake the cult classic and how he could possibly do that original film justice.  Protosevich’s version swaps Min-sik Choi’s Dae-su Oh for a new main man, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin).  Like, Dae-su, Joe is kidnapped and locked away for years until he’s unexpectedly released and then tasked with the challenge of finding out why he was imprisoned to begin with.

While talking to Protosevich during Oldboy’s New York press day, we opted to nix repeating that same question and rather find out how Protosevich feels about repeatedly answering it.  Check out what he had to say about his own skepticism regarding an Oldboy remake before he was even attached to the project, the need to block out fan expectations while writing, the challenge of maintaining an element of surprise for fans of the original, the status of Edgar Wright‘s Collider, and more after the jump. 

Mark Protosevich:

  • On his initial doubts about remaking the film.
  • Sticking with the project even after Will Smith and Steven Spielberg departed.
  • His thoughts on remakes in general.
  • Upholding the big twist for fans of the original.
  • The status of Collider.


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  • bombinUSA

    thought the guy in the picture was mickey rourke after a new procedure.

    • statostatostato

      If Mickey Rourke and Eddie Vedder has a child…

  • bombinUSA

    thought the guy in the picture was mickey rourke after a new procedure.

  • TigerFIST

    That was a fun and interesting interview. Good Job Perri. I saw the original back in 2004 and loved it. Not at first thought. I bought it in a Japanese Animation store thinking it was a live action Martial Arts flick. It wasn’t but I’m proud to say I have it in my collection and look forward to the remake. The ending was crazy as FUCK!!! I had 5 of my college buddies into as well….

  • TigerFIST

    and what do you mean by Edgar Wright doing a Collider movie? I’m not trying to sound ignorant but is it just a coincidence that it’s the same title of this website but doesn’t have to do with it or is it actually a movie about this website Collider? That would be bad ass!!!

    • Perri Nemiroff

      Hah, sadly it’s not a movie about the site, but here’s a link to another article we posted about it – Basically, it’s a sci-fi movie that Protosevich is working on with Edgar Wright and Bad Robot that we know little to nothing about – besides that awesome title.

      • TigerFIST

        Thank you for replying. I try to learn as much as I can from you guys! SITE IS FUCKING AWESOME and I appreciate all of you guys hard work!!!

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