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First Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Arrives! And It’s Red-Band Too!

First Trailer For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Arrives! And It's Red-Band Too!

Well, here it is folks! The wait is over!

Your first look (via trailer) at Spike Lee’s much-anticipated Oldboy adaptation, which stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto CopleyElizabeth OlsenSamuel L. Jackson, and more, which FilmDistrict will release wide, on October 112013.

Underneath the trailer you’ll find the film’s poster.

Spike Lee directs from a script penned by Mark Protosevich, who is also co-producing, along with Roy LeeDoug Davison and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe.

October might seem like a long time from now, but it really isn’t, given how quickly the months just seem to be passing by. We’re in the middle of summer already. 

Although I’m wondering if the film might actually premiere at some international film festival before then. It’ll be a perfect fit for Toronto. A TIFF premiere in September, create some buzz, build anticipation, and then it opens in USA theaters a couple of weeks later.

We’ll see.

In the meantime, watch the first full trailer below, which, as I said on Facebook last night, doesn’t immediately resemble your typical Spike Lee joint. If I didn’t know who directed this beforehand, Spike Lee wouldn’t have been my first guess. But I’m really looking forward to seeing what Spike has done with the material, how/if he incorporates the usual Spike-isms, and how he puts his own stamp on this beloved cult classic.

Those who’ve seen Park Chan-wook’s original adaptation of the manga, will certainly recognize scenes in the below trailer for Spike’s version, that were in Park’s first film; although it’s unclear whether the plot is exactly the same, and what changes have been made. To say anymore about plot would be to ruin the film for those unfamiliar with the original, so I’ll say no more.

Watch for a glimpse at what to expect:

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Guess this will be his SWAN SONG since he's rumored to announce his retirement next Monday, what a "lackluster" way to go out spike!


So they just replaced all the asians with white people and Samuel L Jackson… Truthfully speaking, I prefer the original… Hell if the original had the money and technology of today it'd look just as good too.


Excited to see this and it looks like Spike is killing it here, but dammit I'm tired of Sam Jackson.


Looks like Spike did a hell of a job.


I'm excited about this film. The poster does look a little to whimsical in my opinion but it's still interesting. I saw the original quite awhile ago and I'm game for another interpretation. If marketed properly people who haven't seen the original will eat it up. Some of the ones who have seen the original, like myself, are curious to see this version on the big screen.


Where is the giant ant?

Dankwa Brooks

My #Traidar (trailer radar) says YES! for this! It does resemble the original, but I truly doubt Spike would copy anyone's work. He's too much of an auteur for that.

I was never one of those people who didn't think Spike could make a thriller especially after I rewatched the great 'Inside Man'. Besides I would never pigeonhole any good director into one type of picture. Plus I've always thought that Spike would be a director to confront the controversial aspects of the story head on. The previous holders of the rights to this remake Steven Spielberg & Will Smith—no frickin way!

I'm still mad they didn't take this to Comic-Con. The fanboys would have eaten this UP!



I really like the color palette of this, the cinematography looks amazing and Spike Lee has always been great with composition and framing. I like the angles of some of the shots. It does not look like the typical Spike Lee Joint and that may be a good thing. Some of Spike's recent better work has not his own original stories i.e. The 25th Hour and Inside Man, and to a lesser extent She Hate Me. He was not the first director I would have thought of to remake this but I'm interested to see how he handles the material.

This trailer doesn't give you a full view of his interpretation of the source material and looks like a standard remake with a couple new flourishes thrown in but it may be misleading in that regards because recently trailers have been giving away too much plot. I'd imagine most folks are probably either already on board for this movie or not and a trailer wouldn't push them over any other way.

I'll check out the matinee.


"Thumbs up" for me! I'll see it.


Remake, ReBoot or whatever it is, it's a Straight up Rip off and shows extremely LAZY FILMMAKING….Come on Spike you can do better. What happened to originality ? I'll pass because I've seen the Movie already and I don't need to see it again from some Lazy A** Director that took/bought someone elses hard work and put their name on it. #lazyass


The trailer looks great. I see some of the political touches of Spike Lee already. Some people online is saying it looks just like the original, but they are missing the subtle Spike Lee touches in the trailer that lets you know Spike Lee is going to make the movie his own to stand along with the original. This is the film I'm looking foward to this year. I expect it to be a great film.


well, I liked it….??

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