Spike Lee's Oldboy Set For October 2013 Release

By Katey Rich 2012-10-19 12:35:33discussion comments
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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: FilmDistrict has announced an October 11, 2013 release for Lee's Oldboy, putting it almost exactly a year away.

They also included the film's official synopsis in the announcement, and though it's been out there for a while, hell, let's share it again:

Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captorís motive.† 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.† His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

I'm pretty sure they meant to say "elusive" in that synopsis, which makes me a little annoyed that it's unclear and also kind of baffled that an official synopsis would include what looks like a glaring typo. But anyway. In addition to those three all-stars named above, the Oldboy cast includes the recently added James Ransone, who acted in Lee's Red Hook Summer and who you might know better as Ziggy from Season 2 of The Wire. His role isn't entirely clear, and since most of us remember Oldboy as a three-person revenge saga, I'm curious to see how he fits in. I have less than a year and counting before I finally find out.
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