We have been hearing rumors of the Oldboy remake for years now (originally set to be directed by Spielberg and starring Will Smith), but this is the first visual clue as to what we can expect from Spike Lee’s take on the 2003 Korean film. I am a huge fan of the Chan-wook Park original (hardly a contraversial opinion), so I’m glad to see the newly related images similar enough to the original, while there’s still enough difference to keep us guessing – this certainly doesn’t look like a shot-for-shot remake.
The poster is certainly an interesting image, and the overall look is definitely very reminiscent of the Korean classic. The tagline, “Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free,” is potentially spoilery, but not overly so. Thankfully, the first trailer is similarly restrained in terms of spoilers.
Given that this is the redband trailer, however, it is not even a little restrained when it comes to violent imagery. And Oldboy is definitely a very violent story, I just hope it doesn’t remake doesn’t ignore the sort of weird beauty that made the initial film enticing.
Also, while I knew about Samuel L. Jackson’s presence in the cast, I was not aware that Elizabeth Olsen was playing the female lead. That, more than anything else, makes me believe in the movie, because I really like her in Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Josh Brolin, frankly, has been slipping (his performances in Jonah Hex and Gangster Squad were particularly lackluster).
How do you think the poster and trailer compare to the original? What are your views if you haven’t seen the Korean version? Comment below!