OLDBOY Remake Lives? Studio Reportedly Likes New Script; Considering Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn, or Danny Boyle to Direct

     November 8, 2010

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In November 2009, we reported the joyous news that a Steven Spielberg/Will Smith remake of Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy was dead.  Of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, nothing is ever truly “dead”.  According to Pajiba, screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) has turned in a draft of the script that Mandate Pictures loves.  The studio is now looking to get Spielberg back on board.  However, that seems like a long shot since the director has already settled on Robopocalypse as his follow up to the drama War Horse.  Mandate is also considering Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn.  If Vaughn passes, they’ll take it to Danny Boyle.  It’s weird to think of Boyle as anyone’s third choice, but I think he would be the most interesting of the three to helm a remake (or rather, a “re-adaptation” since Oldboy is based on a manga).

Of course, this is just a studio wish list and while an Oldboy remake may not be dead, it’s still a long a ways off from making it to the big screen.  If you haven’t seen Oldboy, fix that part of your life.  I’ve included a synopsis for the film after the jump.

Here’s a synopsis for Oldboy [via Netflix]:

With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years — and no one to hold accountable for his suffering — a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. Korean director Chan Wook Park — a former philosophy student and Hitchcock devotee — uses his influences to create a mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless.

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