Hollywood's had a hard-on for Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy for a while now. Honestly, it's hard to understand why. The Korean revenge saga might have a compelling hook, in which a man is mysteriously imprisoned in a hotel room for 15 years without explanation, only to be released suddenly for no particular reason and investigate his own disappearance, is one seriously screwed up movie. To explain why would be a foray into massive spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that Oldboy could not be made in Hollywood as an original A-List feature, and it's even weirder that until now Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were attached. Family-oriented individuals, the both of them. Spike Lee? Not so much.
Yes, Twitch Film reports that Spike Lee, the director of Do The Right Thing and Get On The Bus, is now in talks to direct the American remake of Oldboy. Spike Lee hasn't exactly been averse to mainstream entertainment before, directing the hit heist thriller Inside Man and even attaching himself to the Hollywood remake of Rent at one point, but Oldboy is a step in an interesting direction. He's had controversial things to say about racial relations in America, but to date he's never directing anything that could fairly be described as "Seriously @#$%ed in the Head."
Mark Protosevich – the man currently working on Jurassic Park 4 – is still attached to write the script to the American remake, but Will Smith's involvement remains uncertain. He doesn't seem to have actively distanced himself from the project, but he did just agree to film a sci-fi epic for M. Night Shyamalan with his Karate Kid son Jayden, so maybe he'll be too busy.
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