More “Oldboy” Details & Brolin Wanted

Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake sounds like it’ll be quite different from the previous South Korean cult film.

Twitchfilm, who first broke the news of Lee’s involvement, say that Mark Protosevich’s script reportedly borrows some elements from the pre-existing manga and film, discards other elements and introduces new material – the latter making up about 20% of the remake’s screenplay.

They add “Just as Park Chan-Wook took a central concept from the Japanese manga while radically re-envisioning parts to create something new, the goal here is not to create a slavish shot-for-shot remake but to take elements of the Park film combined with elements of the manga and completely re-envision and re-contextualize those to create a specifically American story around the same concepts and themes.”

They also say that Mandate Pictures has Josh Brolin as their top choice to play the revenge-driven protagonist.