Nov 7 2008Spielberg Remaking 'Oldboy'--with WILL SMITH

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Steven Spielberg (Duel) is in talks to remake the Korean film Oldboy with Will Smith (co-rapper, Summertime) in the lead. Not a joke:

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.

If you haven't seen Oldboy, it's really good, and don't get me wrong, I still like Steven Spielberg despite the Indiana Jones incident, but this like somebody saying, steak is really good, and I really like milkshakes, so I'm going to make a steak milkshake (starring Will Smith).

(Thanks, Chris)

Spielberg, Smith in talks for 'Oldboy' [Variety]

Reader Comments

three words: OH FUCK NO.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

What the hell , can't Steven Spielberg make something of his own, that is the biggest farse ever I can't wait for that douch bag to die so I spit on his gravel! Oldboy is a 5 year old movie and he wants to remake it!!!! What Harrison Ford not available !! is there going to be aliens in this movie too !! I am so pissed off with that idea that I am going to go home a burn every Steven Spielberg movie I own and boycot everything he makes from now on.. what a peice of shit director... PEWPEW

NOOOOOO!
wait I don't know what 'Oldboy' is....
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

are you fucking kidding me???? this movie is perfect leave it the fuck alone! I am baffled by this....stupid fuckng spielburg hasnt done anything good in a long time so he has to take this amazing movie and fuck it up.....great...... and will smith will somehow turn this into a funny movie and its not....its a rollercoaster of emotions....(sorry couldnt think of anything better to saw in my blindess of anger to read this.)

wait why are people so mad? was the dude Smith is playing white or something?

Elmo ( if thats your real name) I think you need to watch this movie, before you comment ,

oldboy...with will smith...in oldboy...will smith...spielberg...oldboy...somehow none of that is computing. this reads like a horrible april fools joke...

I... I... well fuck. Here i thought the Preacher movie news was as bad as it could get.
That's it. The end is nigh. Dead Cthulu will now rise and snack on your sanity.

I'm going to go cradle my special edition and try to pretend this is all some horrible hallucination brought on by the superficial writer exposing my delicate cornea to pictures of Kate Moss.

I say let them do it. Let them remake all the movies they want. Eventually, they will HAVE to hear the criticisms and see the low box office returns and decide that maybe they should try doing something original for a change. I would love to see a crappy original movie rather than a mediocre remake anyday. The saddest thing though is that this will probably be the end of Will Smith's acting career, because I know I won't watch him in anything else after this out of spite.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Oldboy needs to take a blade to Will Smiths/ Speilbergs collective tongue. Oh and the ending will tear American audiences a new Deliverence asshole if it stays to script.

No, no, you're all wrong - they're remaking OLD JOY, the well-received 2006 independent film by Kelly Reichardt.

Oh, I'm just kidding. Can't wait to see Will Smith shove a live octopus into his mouth.

Will Smith wouldn't do a man-on-man kiss in Six Degrees Of Separation, but he'll gladly do incest?

NONONONONONONONONONONNONONKNO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY???

WHY????

i fuckin love oldboy DONT U FUCKIN DARE ARSE RAPING IT HOLLYWOOD.

no worries...i really hope they change the ending.

"Steven Spielberg (Duel)" ROFL, that was very amusing.

As for remaking Oldboy, I am going to have to check this bad boy out. Apparently I am missing a good one.

I'm quite certain, even without seeing it, that remaking it with Will Smith is a bad idea and obviously Spielberg's gone senile. The warning signs have been there in the last few movies and I thought indy4 was the topper.

Can't wait until they PG-13-ize it. Removing core elements such as:

-Him screwing his own daughter (unknowingly)
-Hammer dentistry
-Cutting out own tongue

Sure, there are a lot of thematic elements of OldBoy that could translate, but the madness (and required plot effects) are crucial.

If will get sanitized and therefore suck.

The biggest problem with a "Will Smith" film is Will Smith. He is not that good.

You want to use Jamie Foxx, fine.

You really should use William Fichtner (can I get an amen from anyone? this guys is versatile as they come.)

My immediate reaction was, WTF. More for Spielberg than Smith, honestly. Has Spielberg ever made a twisted film? This is a twisted film. Then there's the hallway sequence, the nuances with the octopus...I just don't see this and Spielberg together. Two different styles, I think. As for Smith...I honestly feel he's too well known. The Korean actor is well known, but mostly in Asian culture. Will Smith is freakin' everywhere. But, maybe he can do it. I hold true judgement until the film comes out (otherwise you're pissing in the wind).

Can he handle the emotional aspects? Yes. He did an awesome job in I Am Legend (I still disliked the film though) and The Pursuit of Happyness. He won't turn this into a comedy film unless Spielberg does that. So there's potential.

Reponse to Bob: Even if this doesn't work, it won't end his career. Did The Wild Wild West do that? Or Hancock? One person boycotting Will Smith will not stop the man. He's like a fucking terminator.

Response to Joe: Jamie Foxx is just too smug. It even shows in his acting (not always, but often). William Fichtner is a great support man. That's why you see him everywhere. I just don't see him as a leading man.

Oh, and people stop posting SPOILERS!! Not everyone has seen the film.

Someone lock Spielberg in a room for 15 years

Is that the dog from I Am Legend?

OLDBOY being remade? hollywood cant EVER come up with something ORIGINAL

and WILL SMITH ??? he has a family, would he want to do a scene where hes having sex with his own daughter unknowingly yes, but GROSS.

leave it for indie film makers NOT hollywood

Is this what we get for shooting down Will Smith as Captain America?

Mmm, Steak n' Shake . . . wait . . . what were we talking about?

Well, fuck.

Fuckity fuck fuck.

I seriously doubt Will Smith will star in a movie where he accidentally screws his own daughter, so this is already a shitty remake. Unbelievable.

Hey, if anyone is interested in starting a petition e-mail me at [email protected]

Do petitions solve anything? I don't know. But they can't do this!

Jeez ouch. I'm sure they'll mess things up so bad it'll make that dragonball movie look like citizen kane.

No way the remake includes all the nasty stuff with the kidnapped guy's daughter. Also, who cares if they remake it? It can only make more people want to see the original.

@Ed
no, i dont think thats gonna b the reaction from most ppl who will go to the cinema to see a steven spielberg film starring will smith and then being hugely disappointed by a really bad remake. they are gonna think the original is just as bad or worse , unknowning how much spielberg will have changed. i mean, if he s really doing this hes going to HAVE to change around 50% at least. those really challenging scenes someone already mentioned and the typical asian ones that western viewers just wouldnt get. i.e. eating an alive octopussy etc.

i m wondering if it will be dedicated to Seung-Hui Cho?

Ugh...

Well, its still better than the old rumors of an American-remake starring Nicolas Cage. Still, I'd rather this just not be remade at all. The Korean original is fine as it is and a western version will only ruin it. I don't mean to come off like an Asian cinema snob, which the majority of the fans are, but there's no way Hollywood will maintain the same fucked up storyline. I'll bet my nuts the ending is getting a total revamp.

My nuts, people. Any takers, anyone?

Prepare for and EPIC FAIL of epic proportions, epically speaking.

FUCK THAT he'll ruin it!! >:{

I bet there won't be one single asian person in the film

I wonder what race Will Smith's daughter will be.

Honestly, I do not understand why fans of Oldboy would be so upset about this remake?Hhow the Speilbergo/Fresh Prince project turns out will in no way affect the adored Korean film, a remake never does. It only stands to generate plenty of interest in itself, and also encourage more western dwellers to check out Park's masterpiece.

I am a huge fan of the original film, and I cant wait to see how this remake develops. I dont necessarily think I will like it, but I will certainly watch it with keen interest. Oldboy is one of the best films in the last decade and nothing can tarnish that.

@ JOE (#17)

AMEN BROTHER!

FICHT DORG IS DA BOMB DIGGITY!... but will never happen :S

I would also liked to have seen someone like Jeffrey Wright or Chris Cooper tackle the role.

you know they're going to fuck this up like the whole jap-horror remake fiasco thats swept the shitty movie nation... it is very upsetting that they are going to do this. however... will smith = $$$ and i'm interested to see how it will turn out.

Apparently there's also talk of a Sympathy for Lady Vegeance remake with Charlize Theron, supposedly blessed by Chan Wook-Park. Both will be shit but at the originals will still be around.

I don't know, I kind of want to see Will Smith cut out his tongue... but only if they do it for real so I don't have to listen to a remake of "Parents just don't understand" on Smith's new album, "Willenium 2: Willenium Harder!".

Oh for fuck's sake.

If hollywood insists on remaking this movie for american audiences, Park Chan Wook should have at least these three demands:

1. David Fincher instead of Speilberg. His directorial vision matches Park's much closer.
2. Use the original script. It's incredible the way it is. It can only be made worse by someone re-writing it.
3. Cast Edward Norton as the lead. He can act circles around Will Smith. And I can picture Edward Norton cutting out his own tongue waaaay befor I can Will Smith.

I just vomited FROM MY EYES.

Duel! Sharp IWS writer, very sharp.

I am really trying to picture "Oldboy" as an American Disney-like flick. Sorry, does not compute. I'm going to go sit in a corner and cry. This is going to be a spoof, right?

oldboy is awesome, but it is to dark to ever be a will smith movie. they will do an adaptation which means that it will have the same name and nothing else. hollywood is to commercial for this. It's the psychological equivalent of a saw movie. Look up the other movies in this eries. Lady vengance is also crazy as well.. Dangerous, yet with the plot of the story you can feel yourself as one of the characters in line. ntflx it 4 sure

Isn't Lady Vengance going to get remade too starring whoseherface from Aeon Flux.

:/
Can't they pick an interesting movie with a plot that doesn't make a lot of sense and remake it? That way they can't fuck it up much. For example, Re-Cycle. I have no idea what was going on there, but I'd like to see Will Smith walk through a jelly cave of aborted fetuses.

As long as he says "aw hell naw" after the plot twist, Im fine with a remake.

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