Spike Lee‘s next joint is going to be bloody. The Do The Right Thing director and Knicks super-fan has signed on to direct a remake of Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy. Now that I’ve pissed off everyone in your Asian film studies class, we’ll get on to the details.
The story is centered around a man on a quest for revenge after being released from a mysterious fifteen-year imprisonment. Steven Spielberg and Will Smith wanted to get jiggy wit da remake a few years ago but that deal went South. After a rewrite by I Am Legend‘s Mark Protosevitch, Spielberg showed renewed interest, as did Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle. But in the end, it was decided that Oldboy needed to have over-saturated lighting and intricate dolly shots. And thus, Spike Lee came into the picture.