As the summer tentpole season starts wrapping up, one of the films we’re most curious to see in the latter half of the year is Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake. While the red-band trailer released last month seemed to alleviate some fears, the fact still remains that Park Chan-Wook’s 2005 film is arguably one of the few classic films released in the 21st century so far. It seems that Lee’s leading man Josh Brolin was so nervous about following in the Korean film’s footsteps that he sat down with the lauded South Korean filmmaker to ask for permission.
During a Q&A session (or AMA) on Reddit, Lee told a redditor that before filming commenced on the remake, “Brolin went to Park Chan-wook and asked for his blessing. He told Josh ‘you and Spike make your own film, don’t remake ours.’ And that’s what we did.” Fair enough, though the trailer did seem to follow the same outline as Chan-Wook’s film, there was some flair that was undeniably all Lee. However, as one smart-ass commenter noted, Chan-Wook’s quote — or Lee’s second-hand account of it — could be read as the Korean filmmaker chastising Brolin and Lee for attempting to film the same story. We’re sure the former meaning is the correct one to be taken away, though.
We’ll all find out how Lee & company did — and how the hell they’ll handle the ending — when “Oldboy” arrives in theaters on November 27th. Until then, here are some new pics from the film. [JoBlo/Anime News Network]