According to Deadline Josh Brolin has signed on to lead the remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller Oldboy, which has Spike Lee directing.
In the original film the story followed a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life. Back in 2008 Steven Spielberg was considering directing Will Smith in the remake, but that never happened so Mandate Pictures bought the rights and got Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) to write the script.
The aim is to begin production in March, so Brolin will likely fit it in after Gangster Squad with Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, and before Jason Reitman’s Labor Day opposite Kate Winslet.
Meanwhile Christian Bale is considering the part in Spike Lee’s version of Park Chan-wook’s cult South Korean thriller, Oldboy, reports Variety.
As well as Oldboy, Bale is said to be considering the forthcoming remake of A Star is Born, starring Beyoncé, which Clint Eastwood is directing. He is also linked to Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, and the Michael Mann film Gold, said to be a contemporary thriller in the vein of the classic 1948 John Huston tale The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which starred Humphrey Bogart as a prospector in 1920s Mexico. Bale has already signed on for the lead in an unamed Terrence Malick film.
Not a fan of the idea of this film being made but with the people being involved and with Bale possibly signing on, I can see the ending remaining the same rather than watered down. What are your thoughts?