With “District 9” and “The A-Team” star Sharlto Copley set to play the villain in Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of “Old Boy”, the actor recently spoke with MTV News about this new version.
Copley says the filmmakers have every intention of keeping the dark and violent tone of both the original late 90’s manga and Park Chan-wook’s cult 2003 Korean film.
“They’ve been very true to the spirit of it. It’s dark, it’s gritty. They’re not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I’m very excited about that movie. I’m very excited about working with Spike and with Josh [Brolin]. I think it’s going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally.”
Like the original, the story focuses on a man imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he’s told he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment.