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February 23rd, 2019

Oldboy Remake Still Coming

Just when we thought we dodged a bullet, it turns out to be one of those weird curving bullets from Wanted — one that probably has a few curse words on it. I’m referring, of course, to the oft-threatened remake of Oldboy, the brilliant Park Chan-Wook film. Last we heard, it was to be a Steven Spielberg/Will Smith collabo based more on the original manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi — which lacks some of the film’s signature bits. Now Pajiba hasĀ tweeted that screenwriter Mark Protosevich’s about to turn in a new script, potentially to be sent out to Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle as well as Spielberg.

Protosevich is the screenwriter behind such films as The Cell, Poseidon, and I am Legend and an early draft of the Thor film. Hardly the most assuring filmography, but I’m going to give him benefit of the doubt because Akiva Goldsman is credited on I Am Legend, so I’m going to assume he wrote the really good first half and not the really terrible second half.

Of the three directors mentioned (if there really must be a remake of Oldboy), I’d root for Danny Boyle, as he’s the most daring and exciting of the three. I like Vaughn and he could do something very grimy and violent with the material, but Spielberg is currently in the “harkening back to my good era” phase of his career, so this seems unlikely. Maybe if this were post-Munich he could really deliver, but I hardly see him coming off of Tintin to do something so dark.

So who should direct a remake of Oldboy? I don’t know — someone insane and daring and unafraid to make a movie that messes with the audience’s head.


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