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.