Oldboy remake wants Kick-Ass director onboard

Matthew Vaughn considered for re-do


Oldboy, the violently powerful (and powerfully violent) 2003 South Korean movie, has long been the subject of remake chatter.

While Steven Spielberg and Will Smith saw their attempts to forge a remake of Chan-wook Park’s visceral tale fall apart in November 2009, it seems that Hollywood’s not going to give up that easily.

I Am Legend scripter Mark Protosevich has just handed a new draft of his screenplay over to Mandate Pictures. The studio are reportedly so excited about it that they’re hoping to reel Spielberg back in.

But if the Beard is too busy (he’s already got War Horse and Robopocalypse on his plate after all), Mandate have Kick-Ass’ Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle on their wishlist as back-ups.

Though we’re hesitant to endorse a remake of a near-perfect film, if Mandate insist on remaking Oldboy then at least they could have a capable pairs of hands to steer the project away from disaster. That's if they get any of those big names, of course...

Do we need an Oldboy remake? Who would you want to direct? Tell us below…


    • tummidge

      Nov 9th 2010, 8:55

      I am slightly intrigued to see what a remake of this would be like. Getting one of the big names mentioned would make this easier to swallow for fans of the original. My biggest concern is that the Hollywoodisation of the film would lose some of those great humourous moments in the film and opt for a completely dark tone. I think a lot of Korean films will be difficult to remake as they have a very peculiar sense of humour.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Nov 9th 2010, 9:48

      Why Bother trying to remake this??? Its going to be s**t, especially if its being directed by Matthew Vaughn

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    • DanRose

      Nov 9th 2010, 12:35

      ...or just don't remake it... it's a f*****g modern classic! Hollywood wouldn't remake Memento, No Country, There Will Be Blood or any other recent modern classic!? But oh it's in subtitles... pathetic...I was against this even when Spielberg's name was mentioned.... should not be touched...

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