When it was announced that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were set to remake the highly acclaimed Korean film “Oldboy”, fans began to worry that the film would end up as bad as almost every American remake of an Asian thriller has proven to be in recent years (for every single “The Departed” there’s five like “Shutter”).
Now Will Smith tells Film School Rejects that rather than a remake of Chan Wook-park’s 2003 film, the project will be an adaptation of the original manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.
“We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material. There’s the original comics of ‘Oldboy’ that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film” says Smith.
Though similar, there’s some notable differences between the graphic novel and the darker original film with its darker elements from live eating of octopii to brother-sister incest. A writer is currently being sought for the Universal Pictures project.