It's official now: Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are remaking Chan-Wook Park’s, "Oldboy." Film School Rejects caught up with Smith, who confirmed that he was starring in the film, but was quick to dismiss the claims and complaints that he and Spielberg were remaking Park's film.
"We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material," said Smith. "There’s the original comics of 'Oldboy' that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film."
Spielberg has apparently secured the rights to the original manga epic by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. While story differences between the comic and the film are slight, the manga isn't as hardcore as Park's film. Many of the more controversial elements, like the live octopus eating, and the incest subplot, aren't part of the original story. So, that explains how Spielberg and Smith will tone the whole thing down for American audiences and ratings.
And they've got a writer to help them adapt it to an American setting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Protosevich has landed the job of writing the script. While the "Thor" writer knows his way around comics, many were upset with his take on "I Am Legend." What kind of take will he have on "Oldboy"?
MTV readers were pretty upset at the news of an "Oldboy" remake -- are you calmed by the claim that Smith and Spielberg want to adapt the manga, and not remake Park's film? Is it a remake of it goes to the original source material? Or do you think they're just trying to duck the rather vocal criticism?