Spielberg and Will Smith to remake Oldboy

We couldn’t make this up if we tried

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in talks to collaborate on a Hollywood remake of Chan Wook-Park’s Oldboy. Seriously people, what the hell?

Spielberg’s company DreamWorks is in the process of securing the rights to the South Korean film and the man who once made E.T is hiring a writer.

The director has been looking to work with Smith for some time, according to Variety.

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In the original 2003 film, a man named Dae-Su is locked in a hotel room without knowing who is imposing the captivity on him, or why. He is released fifteen years later and sent on a journey for revenge.

The film won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004 and Quentin Tarantino unsuccessfully tried to convince the jury to award it the Palme d’Or instead Fahrenheit 9/11.

We gave it four stars and said: “A fusion of horror and heartbreak, this revenge tragedy is twisted with ultra-violence and devastating plot swerves. Enjoy - if you can.”

How Spielberg is going to crowbar aliens and suburbia into this, we have no idea.

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    • BenCh

      Nov 7th 2008, 11:58

      so many whys.

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    • dwren2006

      Nov 7th 2008, 12:33

      Wrong on so many levels - Smith had a hand in ruining a brillant story in I am Legend and as for spielberg and war of the worlds - they will turn the brillant old boy into their usual tripe

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    • GrandiaKnight

      Nov 7th 2008, 12:55

      Oh kill me now. Yet another rubbish Hollywood remake of a decent film!

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    • ashley.russell

      Nov 7th 2008, 13:42

      this is the worst news since S Darko was announced. If Will Smith eats a live squid/octopus I might just watch it though.

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    • DanRose

      Nov 7th 2008, 14:17

      Like to see how Spielberg handles the twist! Now theres wholesome family entertainment... she was your daughter!!!

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    • Snuggly

      Nov 7th 2008, 22:35

      Sounds terrible on paper. But it's Steven Spielberg. And Will Smith. And the story of Old Boy. I'd watch it (and so would all of you...)

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