Last month, Electroshadow broke the news that South Korean classic thriller “Oldboy” was receiving the Hollywood treatment. Spike Lee (“The 25th Hour”) is still onboard to direct from a script adaptation by Mark Protosevich (“Thor”).
Today, Deadline reported that Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”) has signed on to headline the remake. What many fans don’t know is that Park Chan-Wook’s film was itself based on a 90s Japanese manga series (by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi). The American version will follow the two-word title of the series, “Old Boy”, instead of the single word title of Park’s version. As for the main character, Brolin is a nice choice, as he feels about the same age as Korean actor Choi Min Sik in the original. He also has that same edgy, yet hangdog vibe going for him.
Brolin will play “Joe (Oh Dae-Su in the original), a man who, on the day his daughter is born, is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (15 years in the original) with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he’s told that he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment and, if he cannot, his daughter will be killed.”
Shooting is scheduled to begin in early 2012.