Oldboy Remake Is No More

November 10, 2009

For a long time it was looking like Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were going to (at some point) embark on a foolhardy remake-that-wasn't-a-remake of Oldboy (it was going to be based on the original manga). But sometimes stupid ideas in Hollywood actually do die gracefully.

Latino Review got the scoop:

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were suppose to do a film that was based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya and NOT FROM THE ORIGINAL FILM.

At the time DreamWorks was in the process of securing the rights along with MANDATE, until NOW.

According to a trusted source…

…It’s DEAD!

A lot of fans of both the original movie and the manga were very upset when they learned that the family-friendly film director Spielberg and family-friendly actor Will Smith were the guys who were behind the (non-)remake. Aside from the fact that making this film for American audiences was a bad idea to begin with -- the film is awesome and does not need to be filmically translated for the U.S. -- fanboys were aghast at the talent who wanted to make it.

Does this mean that the end of the Remake Age in Hollywood has drawn nigh? Probably not. But sometimes you just have to take a gift horse and appreciate the wonderful hooves it has.

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