Spike Lee to direct OLDBOY

While not generally included in lists of comics book movies, OLDBOY most certainly is one — the tale of twisted vengeance is based on a manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya (published in the US by Dark Horse.) Turned into an acclaimed film by South Korean director Chan-wook Park in 2003, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2004.

Now Spike Lee will take a shot at making an American version to match the first filmed version. he’s signed to direct the remake, his first film in three years, from a script by Mark Protosevich.
Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were once attached to the film, but no longer.

OLDBOY involves a man who wakes up in a room where is confined for months15 years. When he learns of his family’s death via the TV in the room, he plans an escape and a grisly vengeance on those who imprisoned him.


  1. The Beat says


    Yeek! I have never been allowed to watch the original hence my error.

  2. Chris Hero says

    The original movie has the biggest plot twist I’ve ever seen. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies ever. There is *NO* way an American remake can do what the Korean version did.

  3. John D says

    Why remake a 5 star movie? It’s one of the top 3 Korean revenge films ever (I Saw the Devil and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance are the others)

  4. ed says

    Mo’ vengeance, mo’ bloodshed?

    So like that shuttered ‘American Akira’, the Koreans/Japanese of the originals are gonna be NuYawkers??

    Oh boy.

  5. KET says

    I’ll be looking forward to this, then. Should be intriguing and controversial, two of Mr. Lee’s specialties.

  6. TheLittlestBiking says

    Wait, what? You’ve never been allowed to watch it? What are you? 14? Mormon? A man baby that still gets his food cut up for him?

  7. says

    Will he keep the see-it-coming-from-the-first-reel incest?

    Ugly unpleasant cock tease of a movie that was. Revenge fantasy without the revenge. Beh.

  8. Xenos says

    I look forward to the Japanese remake of Do The Right Thing. I’m sure it will encourage people in Japan to see the original film.

  9. Thadius says

    Why is no one commenting about how Spike Lee is going to ruin an amazing movie?

  10. says

    “How do I figure it? The complete failure of him to get his revenge, probably.”

    Who? There were two characters out for revenge, you’ll recall. One did get revenge. The other…sort of.

  11. says

    Cutting your own tongue off so your sister fucker torturer won’t tell your daughter she unknowingly fucked her dad the other day, and then having your torturer walk into an elevator and blowing his own brains out while you lay there like a sack of shit = Not succeeding in getting revenge.


  12. Brian says

    So that gives you the right to spoil it for everyone? Pretentious little jerk.

  13. Snikt Snakt says

    “There is *NO* way an American remake can do what the Korean version did.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Why bother even trying to remake this movie? F’n Hollywood…

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