Spielberg, Smith in talks for ‘Oldboy’

November 7, 2008 at 12:59 am | Posted in Movies | 5 Comments

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in early discussions to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-park’s “Oldboy.” DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights, and the new pic will be distributed by Universal.

In the 2003 Korean original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.

Spielberg had been looking for an opportunity to make a film with Smith, who would play the kidnapped man if all the pieces fall into place. Spielberg is looking for a writer to begin the development process.

The film was originally set at U and then found its way to Mandate.

Source: Variety
Picture Source: Newsen



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  1. OMG
    im simply biased cause I love will smith

    i can sort of picture him but sort of not…

    why do a remake though? its been more than well recieved all over the world what are they going to do with the remake?

  2. oh wait I didn’t read carefully.
    I soooo can picture him as the rolethat Yoo Ji Tae did.

  3. With Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, I think the action is going to be awesome, but can they really stick to the original story?? (Completely)

  4. this is gonna cause a lot of issues..
    cuz i think this was the movie poster that seung-hui cho recreated before the virginia tech shooting…

  5. yeah i also don’t see the point of remaking the film. Old boy is a classic. Will Smith is a great actor so if the movie is realized he will do a good job, but i’m sure they are going to change the original story a bit.

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