Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 South Korean visceral thriller “Oldboy” arrives on October 25 (FilmDistrict scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released “Red Hook Summer” last summer; his Michael Jackson doc “Bad 25” played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are his HBO film of the stage play “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” and a sequel to “Inside Man.” (New red band “Oldboy” trailer is below.)
FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel bought rights from Nathan Kahane and his Good Universe partner, ex-Lionsgate exec Joe Drake. Kahane developed the “Oldboy” adaptation by co-producer Mark Protosevich (“I Am Legend,” “Thor”), and brought in Lee. The film’s ensemble is led by Josh Brolin, with Lee regular Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley. John Middleton is executive producer. Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing the film for Good Universe. The 40 Acres & a Mule Production is produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment.
Here’s the synopsis:
OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.