Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake is hammering its way toward a 2013 release date. Earlier this month, the film was acquired by FilmDistrict for U.S. distribution, and with filming set to start soon, co-star Elizabeth Olsen says she’s “really excited” about getting to work.
“Oldboy” is a remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 South Korean film, which became a cult classic because of its inventive plot and action sequences. The new film stars Josh Brolin as an advertising executive who gets kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years without explanation. Upon release, he searches for meaning behind his confinement while forming a relationship with a young social worker, played by Olsen. Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) also appears in the Lee film, along with Nate Parker and Samuel L. Jackson.
“We worked with the writer,” Olsen said about the pre-production proces. “There was a rewrite based on our opinions of our characters. There has been a lot of new developments with the script and the story.”
“Oldboy” originated as a Japanese manga series, and Olsen said the new film — written by Mark Protosevich — will add in elements from the source that weren’t necessarily included in Chan-wook’s original
“It’s been an open conversation, which has already made the experience, before shooting it, so exciting,” Olsen said.
“That’s a great film,” he said. “This is the first time I am doing something like this, so it’s interesting how you can stay true to the essence of the original source material, but make it something different, and I know that’s what we are going to do with this one.”