Oldboy remake gets new synopsis and release date

Get the lowdown on Spike Lee’s update

Spike Lee’s remake of seminal Korean thriller Oldboy has released a bunch of new details online, including a new synopsis and release date.

As far as the synopsis is concerned, there’s nothing much that should surprise fans of the original, although equally, there isn’t anything to cause them undue alarm either.

The story follows an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor's motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.”

Pretty much as it was in the original then, save for the amount of time the lead character is imprisoned for. They’ve added a further five years to his sentence this time around.

The film has also received an official release date, with Oldboy set to arrive in US cinemas on 11 October 2013. A UK date is yet to be confirmed.

Are you keen to see what Spike Lee can do with the property? Tell us, below!


    • McSerious

      Oct 22nd 2012, 12:26

      In spite of the talent involved, I can't get excited for this. Its just too pointless.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 22nd 2012, 13:23

      Seems like ages since I've seen Shartlo Copley in a movie.

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    • smellyhands

      Oct 22nd 2012, 15:35

      South Korea should re-make Donnie Darko or Big Fish. You know out of spite.

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    • SiMan

      Oct 22nd 2012, 17:10

      @Smellyhands, but how many South Koreans have seen Donnie Darko or big fish? I agree that most of these remakes seem pointless, but i can understand how studios could see the lure to remake a film and use a story that has proved popular elsewhere when Joe Public wouldn't have seen the original. I bet a high percentage of people who saw The Departed wasn't even aware of Infernal Affairs, so i'm always willing to give something like this a chance......then complain afterwards how inferior it was to the original with the rest of you

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