Oldboy SynopsisOldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. 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.
Oldboy Release Date
In Theaters November 27, 2013
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sharlto Copley
Written by: Mark Protosevich
Directed by: Spike Lee
Produced by: Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
External Info: Oldboy Official Website
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The Year In Movies: A Gif Look-Back At 2013
I'll be recapping the highs and lows of the movie business experienced over the past 12 months. 2013 has been a pretty fascinating time for film, full of reversals of fortune, dizzying successes and even some truly polarizing pictures. So let's look back and GIF out!
by Kristy Puchko December 21, 2013 comments
Oldboy Hammers Home Four Awesome Posters And A Comic Prequel
While my anticipation for Spike Lee’s upcoming Oldboy remake is just slightly higher than my anticipation for his Kickstarted Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, I really have to give it to the guys creating the film’s posters.
by Nick Venable November 22, 2013 comments
Oldboy Green-Band Trailer Proves Thor Isn't The Only Dude With A Hammer
I’m no Oldboy purist. And if a studio wanted to bankroll an Oldboy remake, I can absolutely see handing it to Spike Lee, who has dabbled in dark, violent genre films from time to time.
by Sean O'Connell November 8, 2013 comments
Oldboy Featurette Reveals How Josh Brolin Transformed For The Role.
This latest featurette appeals to those who crave a mesmerizing performance, by showing all the work Oldboy star Josh Brolin had to do behind the scenes to go from schlubby mess of a man to a lean and mean man on a mission.
by Kristy Puchko October 24, 2013 comments
New Oldboy Clip Puts The Spotlight On Elizabeth Olsen
Spike Lee's Oldboy remake may look alarmingly similar to the Korean original. It may require its own screenwriter to defend its existence in front of a Comic Con crowd. But if the movie has anything going for it over the 2003 Park Chan-wook original, it's Elizabeth Olsen. And good for them for recognizing that and highlighting her in this newly released clip
by Katey Rich October 14, 2013 comments
New Oldboy Hotel Viral Invites You For A Comfy Stay
The film begins as a man named Joe Doucett (Brolin) is kidnapped and held prisoner for two decades. One day he wakes up in a trunk outside and discovers that he has been released, which leads him on not only a mission of revenge against the person responsible for his kidnapping, but also a mission to discover why he was imprisoned in the first place.
by Eric Eisenberg September 17, 2013 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Pushed Back A Month, To November 27
What does it mean when a film changes release date? Nothing, and everything, depending on how you look at it and what that change is. So you can choose to read nothing into the fact that Spike Lee's Oldboy has changed release dates from a planned October 25 bow to November 27, a full month-long switch that puts Oldboy in the thick of some serious competition.
by Katey Rich August 2, 2013 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake Reveals Mysterious Teaser Poster
That's Brolin climbing out of the trunk, looking mighty clean-cut and purposeful for someone who has just broken out of a 20-year solitary confinement. And we assume that's Elizabeth Olsen standing in the background, holding a yellow umbrella with the hash marks that have been part of the marketing from the very beginning-- Olsen plays the young woman who helps Brolin's character in his quest to find out why he was imprisoned
by Katey Rich July 8, 2013 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Gets Pushed Back
It's about time we got a proper poster or some stills or a teaser trailer. Right? Just give us Samuel L. Jackson scowling and saying something ominous, and we'll be good...for a bit.
by Kristy Puchko May 23, 2013 comments
Oldboy Teaser Poster Counts Down The Years
The key to a good teaser poster is to give only a hint of what you've got in store. When you're bringing a remake or a sequel, that hint can be incredibly small, just a quick tip of the hat to fans and a placeholder for what's to come. That's exactly the tactic for this teaser poster for Oldboy, Spike Lee's remake of the modern Korean classic that's coming to theaters on October 11. Those hash marks add up to 20
by Katey Rich April 15, 2013 comments
Oldboy, R.I.P.D. And More Reveal New Posters At CinemaCon
It’s a four hour drive to get from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada, a trip that’s composed entirely of long stretches of highway that extend through the deserts of the south west. And once again we have braved the heat and the sand paving the way to this year’s CinemaCon.
by Eric Eisenberg April 14, 2013 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Set For October 2013 Release
With Spike Lee's remake of the Korean revenge classic Oldboy going into production, we've still got plenty of questions about how his take on the material will compare to Park Chan-wook's original-- and we're confident that, no matter what Lee does, some fanboys out there will just hate it regardless. But now all those fans will at least know how much time they have to sharpen their knives
by Katey Rich October 19, 2012 comments
James Ransone Replaces Nate Parker In Spike Lee's Oldboy
What's bad news for Parker is good news for James Ransone, who will take his place in the chilling remake. Like Parker, Ransone has worked with Lee before, first on 2006's Inside Man, and most recently on Red Hook Summer. To date, Ransone might be most recognizable from his various roles on HBO series like The Wire, but he can currently be seen in theaters as the eager investigator dubbed Deputy So-and-So in Scott Derrickson's latest horror thriller Sinister.
by Kristy Puchko October 16, 2012 comments
Elizabeth Olsen Explains Changes For Spike Lee's Oldboy
"It's not trying to redo the [Chan-wook's] film – it's coming at it from a different point of view. As well as focusing on the primary source of the Korean film, for our film there's also the Japanese Manga, so we're using the primary source of the illustrated novel, really."
by Kristy Puchko October 1, 2012 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Gets Distributor And Reveals Synopsis
The upstart distributor, which previously brought you the surprise hit Insidious and the arty favorite Drive, announced today that they have picked up the United States distribution rights to Oldboy, which they say is set for an expected 2013 release date. They also included a synopsis that gives us some hints at how this new version of the story will differ from the original
by Katey Rich September 7, 2012 comments
Spike Lee's Oldboy Casts Nate Parker
With small roles in the Spike Lee-directed Red Hook Summer and the Spike Lee-produced Red Tails, Nate Parker has been emerging this year as a star to watch, but also apparently one of Spike Lee's favorites. Parker is now set to reunite with the director for a third time, taking a small role in Oldboy
by Katey Rich September 4, 2012 comments
Samuel L. Jackson Joining Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
An anonymous source would not elaborate on Jacksons’ involvement in the picture, though the Times elaborates that Sam would play a villain who is brutally tortured by Josh Brolin’s character – a man who has been detained by mysterious adversaries for years with no explanation.
by Sean O'Connell August 19, 2012 comments
Sharlto Copley Confirmed As The Villain In Spike Lee's Oldboy, Joins The Cast Of Open Grave
The search for an actor to play a villain has been a tough one. Many great names have been asked to join the production, but each one of them turned it down due to scheduling or other reasons. At one point or another we reported that Christian Bale, Colin Firth and Clive Owen were all offered and then rejected offers. The search, however, is over now that Sharlto Copley has officially signed on.
by Eric Eisenberg May 1, 2012 comments
District 9's Sharlto Copley Offered The Villain Role In Spike Lee's Oldboy
After many, many months of trying to get a cast together, Spike Lee may have finally found someone to play the villain in his remake of Oldboy. Josh Brolin has long been attached to play the lead originated by Min-sik Choi, and Martha Marcy May Marlene star Elizabeth Olsen has agreed to play the female lead.
by Eric Eisenberg April 12, 2012 comments
Elizabeth Olsen Is The Latest To Be Offered The Lead Female Role In Spike Lee's Oldboy
Spike Lee's Oldboy remake hasn't had the easiest time finding its female lead so far. While the situation is even worse on the villain side (Christian Bale, Colin Firth and Clive Owen have all turned down the part), both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska were given the chance to play in the film but have turned it down. Now a third actress has entered the arena, but will this one actually stick?
by Eric Eisenberg February 28, 2012 comments
Clive Owen The Latest Actor To Pass On Oldboy Remake
So while the role seems open again, who do you want to play the villain facing off against Brolin? Are there any English-speaking actors who can match the original? And don't say you want them to scrap the film entirely-- it might not be the most popular opinion, but this remake is still looking interesting
by Katey Rich January 6, 2012 comments
Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead In Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
I wonder if the Korean director guided Wasikowska toward Lee’s project? She’s a fabulous actress who quietly shattered souls in Jane Eyre opposite Michael Fassbender and managed to be one of the bets things about Tim Burton’s bizarre Alice In Wonderland. But I’d never think of her for Oldboy, which means it could be a brilliant stroke of stunt casting.
by Sean O'Connell December 16, 2011 comments
Clive Owen Offered The Villain Role In Spike Lee's Oldboy
It's never great to be the third choice to do something, but I'd imagine it's a whole lot worse when the entire world knows that you are the third choice. In the past few months, the role of the villain in Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy has been offered to both Christian Bale and Colin Firth, both of whom ended up turning the part down.
by Eric Eisenberg December 16, 2011 comments
Colin Firth Passes On The Oldboy Remake
With the exception of Josh Brolin, who is set to play the film's lead, Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy is having a bit of trouble finding actors to fill the other roles. In recent months we've heard stories about both Christian Bale and Rooney Mara being offered the villain and female lead roles, respectively, but both ended up turning the offers down.
by Eric Eisenberg December 8, 2011 comments
Oldboy Remake To Have Darker Ending, Tweaked Hallway Scene
One of the most controversial upcoming remakes currently in development is the American-made version of Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy. While the project has been in the works for years, originally going to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Will Smith, the project has been revived in recent months, with Spike Lee officially set to direct and Josh Brolin attached to star. But how will the new movie connect to the South Korean original? Producer Roy Lee has cleared up some of those questions.
by Eric Eisenberg November 28, 2011 comments
Colin Firth Offered The Villain Role In Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
I feel I say this every time I write up a story about the Oldboy remake, but here it goes again: I still don't understand why they are making this movie, but at least they are putting in every effort to make sure that it's the best movie they can make. The quality of actors that they're going for is off the charts, however, I do still have my reservations about Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell) writing the script.
by Eric Eisenberg November 11, 2011 comments
Rooney Mara Won't Be In Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
The Korean revenge flick by Park Chan-wook has become a cult classic over the years, so it's no surprise that Hollywood wants to wring the life out of it as a remake. If it has to be remade, Lee is almost certainly a better fit than Spielberg and, God help us, Will Smith. The casting has also been pretty solid so far, suggesting that if the remake fails or flounders, it won't be for lack of talent on hand. It won't, however, be in the company of Rooney Mara.
by David Wharton October 19, 2011 comments
Rooney Mara Could Be The Top Pick For The Female Lead In Spike Lee's Oldboy
Come late December you can expect Rooney Mara to skyrocket into the A-list. While it was big enough news last year when it was announced that she would be playing Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, all signs are pointing to her becoming a must-have name when the movie comes out at the end of the year.
by Eric Eisenberg September 28, 2011 comments
Spike Lee Plans A 2012 Release Date For Red Hook Summer
Lee directs from his own screenplay about an Atlanta resident who spends a memorable summer in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. The filmmaker also plans to revive his character of Mookie from his seminal, Oscar-nominated work Do the Right Thing, which came out in 1989
by Sean O'Connell September 16, 2011 comments
Denzel Washington Offered Lead Role In The Secret In Their Eyes Remake
Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Eyes tells a mystery that spans generations as a retired legal counselor continues to investigate a case the plagued him when he was young, inexperienced, and in love with his female supervisor. Ray can handle the material – his Shattered Glass was damn-near flawless – particularly with Washington as a collaborator.
by Sean O'Connell September 15, 2011 comments
Josh Brolin Set To Star In Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
Back in 2008 it was rumored that Steven Spielberg was planning a remake of ark Chan-wook's Oldboy starring none-other-than Will Smith. In the years since the project fell apart and both Spielberg and Smith took their names off the list. With the project once again up and running under Spike Lee's direction, however, it now seems that one of Smith's Men In Black III co-stars has taken his place.
by Eric Eisenberg August 29, 2011 comments
Christian Bale Being Eyed For Oldboy, A Star Is Born And More
Though he's been playing Batman since 2005, Christian Bale has not allowed himself to be identified solely by character. Though his performances as the Dark Knight have been incredibly memorable, Bale has also put on stellar performances in movies like The Prestige, 3:10 To Yuma and The Fighter in the time since (the last in the list giving him his first Academy Award).
by Eric Eisenberg August 24, 2011 comments
Josh Brolin Is The First Name Rumored For Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake
Brolin is likely on a list that includes any number of eligible, A or B-list actors who can hold their own in action. The character, named Dae-su Oh in the original Korean film but of course to be renamed here, is sent to prison for mysterious reasons at the beginning of the film
by Katey Rich July 12, 2011 comments
Spike Lee Confirmed To Remake Oldboy, May Also Be Reviving Mookie For His Next Film
What I love about them choosing Spike Lee isn't that it guarantees a good or bad adaptation of Park Chan-wook's original film, but one that's completely unique; there's no way Lee will turn in the generic American remake you would have feared from Spielberg and Smith
by Katey Rich July 11, 2011 comments
Spike Lee In Talks To Direct Remake Of Oldboy?
I truly don't understand why this needs to happen. In the eight years since the film's initial release it has spread rapidly through word of mouth, has reached the rank of #95 on IMDb's Top 250 and is available for anyone to watch on Netflix instant. Why in hell do we need an English language version of this movie?
by Eric Eisenberg July 5, 2011 comments
Oldboy Director Park Chan-Wook Shot His New Movie On An iPhone
The modern cell phone camera is so good that the days of buying devices dedicated entirely to taking still photos are all but over. It won’t be long before video cameras and maybe even eventually
by Josh Tyler January 10, 2011 comments
Is The Oldboy Remake Still Alive, And Maybe For Danny Boyle?
Honestly, a Danny Boyle-handled remake of Oldboy would be a lot easier to contemplate than one from Spielberg, especially if Will Smith is also no longer involved. Would he move on to hammer murder
by Katey Rich November 8, 2010 comments
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance Getting An American Remake
Warner Bros. has picked up the rights for an English-language remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengenace, a Park film that's kind of a spiritual successor to Oldboy without being a sequel. It's considered part of his "vengeance trilogy"
by Katey Rich January 7, 2010 comments
Will Smith's Oldboy Remake Is Dead
Fans of the original Park Chan-wook film are probably dancing in the streets with joy right now, and who can blame them? A seminal, violent, envelope-pushing film was going to be remade as some kind of Hollywood blockbuster
by Katey Rich November 10, 2009 comments