In 2003, director Park Chan-wook made his presence in the film world felt by crafting Oldboy, a revenge film about a guy who is mysteriously imprisoned in a shabby room for fifteen years and then is one day released and given a limited amount of time to find and take vengeance on his captor. It rose above the legions of other rank and file revenge films through superior crafting and a great lead performance by Min-sik Choi. It was good, everyone liked it, and people were happy. Flash forward to recent months, and now there’s news that Spike Lee is going to direct a movie called Oldboy, a revenge film about a man who gets locked in a shabby room for fifteen years and is then one day released and given a limited amount of time to find and take vengeance on his captor. We don’t know if it’s going to be any good, everyone is mad that something else they like is being remade, and no one is happy. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe some people are happy. And maybe I could be coming around on this project as well, because at the very least Lee has just found a great actor to play whatever his version of the Oldboy protagonist will be called.
It’s been a rumor for a while that Josh Brolin was at the top of the wish list to star in this film, and now Deadline Ami-dong confirms that those rumors were most likely true, because he has been officially cast in the role. Lee is a director who is pretty hit or miss with me, and Oldboy is a film that I don’t feel has much to gain by being remade, so I’m awful skeptical about how this project is going to turn out. Just seeing Brolin’s name on the cast list puts me a bit at ease though. Ever since his career resurgence after No Country For Old Men the guy has been a machine of quality work. And if the rumors that Christian Bale might sign on to be the piece’s villain are true, then suddenly I would have even more reason to warm up to another remake. What do the rest of you think? Does Brolin’s presence make this one sound more appealing, were you on board already, or will you never accept the idea of a remade Oldboy?