It's been several months since we last heard about Steven Spielberg's plans to adapt the popular manga "Oldboy" into a live-action film starring Will Smith, but fans of both the manga and the original live-action adaptation released in 2003 have been buzzing about whether the edgy story will be softened for American audiences.
With the film and the original manga well-known for their disturbing themes -- a crucial plot point involves incest -- and graphic violence, is the typically family-friendly Spielberg up to the task of staying true to the dark, violent nature of the story?
"It's the thing that Steven was attracted to," Smith told MTV News. "We're working from the comic and we haven't done anything other than talk about it. So we'll see what happens, but he's not going to do anything that would be less than stunning."
"Oldboy" tells the story of a young man who has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for a decade of his life, with only a television as a link to the outside world. When he finally breaks free, he sets off on a quest to exact vengeance upon his unknown jailers. The manga was previously adapted to the screen by Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, whose film garnered substantial critical accolades around the world upon its release, and has received high praise from action-film junkies such as Quentin Tarantino.
In one of the story's most memorable and visceral scenes, the film's protagonist turns up at a sushi restaurant after years of eating gruel in his prison, and demands to "eat something alive." His tormentors present him with a live octopus that nearly kills him as he devours it, making for an unforgettable -- and controversial -- sequence.
So, cross your fingers and hope that Will Smith has an appetite for octopus, "Oldboy" fans!
Do you think Will Smith and Steven Spielberg will make a faithful version of 'Oldboy'? Do you want to see Smith chow down on live octopus? Tell us!