Unnecessary-Remake News of the Day: It’s official: Mandate Pictures released a statement today confirming that Spike Lee will indeed be directing the studio’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya’s manga series Old Boy.
“It’s a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,” “It’s a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,” Mandate President Nathan Kahane said in the statement.
A remake of the South Korean film has been in the works for a while, with various actors and directors — from Justin Lin to Steven Spielberg, and even Will Smith — attached at times.
I always experience two sets of feelings when foreign films I love are Americanized:
- Oh, cool. Now more people will get to see this story.
- Why don’t the lazy bastards just rent the amazing original? “I don’t wanna read my movies.” Whine whine whine. You’re missing out, you baby.
Still, I have REALLY liked The Departed (Infernal Affairs) and Let Me In (Let The Right One In). In a capable director’s hands with a good adaptation, this could be okay. Spike Lee is a capable director. I’ll hope for the best.
But yeah. Tumblrverse. Rent OLDBOY. It’s unbelievable.