Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake imprisons Josh Brolin, and David Fincher goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

We’re still in two minds over this American Oldboy. It doesn’t need to be made but the prospect of Spike Lee making it his own is a minor cause for celebration. How bad could it be? Now CHUD brings word that an erstwhile Goonie, Josh Brolin, will be taking on the role of Oh Dae Su’s replacement. It’s a good pick for the lead, and Brolin’s brooding appearance in No Country for Old Men proved that he could thrive with more dramatic material. 

As with the Korean film, the plot centres on a “man who has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.” Whether Lee decides to go back to the original comic for inspiration, or start afresh with the concept in mind, remains to be seen. A bit of both seems to be the logical direction.

Oldboy (or whatever they end up calling it) is due for release sometime next year. In the meantime, why don’t you go and pick up the 2003 original?

David Fincher is currently wrapping-up his English-language retread of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and once he’s finished, he will segue into another adaptation/remake: Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. 

The novel, which was first published in 1870, has been filmed countless times over the years, so Fincher’s involvement is perplexing. He’s too much of a visionary to commit to such by-the-numbers studio fare, so it’s comforting to know that screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is taking a radical departure from the source material. Via Cinema Blend:

“Burns confirmed that the scale of the project is ‘really big,’ but don’t expect the movie to be the exact same story from Verne’s novel. Saying that there’s ‘very little’ that goes directly from the page to the screen, he said that his job ‘isn’t to turn a book into a movie, it’s to be inspired by the book and then go write a movie.’ The inspiration that Burns took largely comes from the three main characters: Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax, and master harpoonist Ned Land. ‘David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land,’ Burns said. ‘That’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book.'” 

Reportedly the film will be 70% CGI, so Fincher might be able to bring some technological advancements to the table. The concept will certainly benefit from his sense of style. I can’t wait to hear more announcements on this project. Expect name-dropping for the role of Captain Nemo any day now.

Dragon Tattoo is released 26th December and looks like one of Fincher’s best.

Dave James

Editor-in-Chief at SquabbleBox.co.uk. Film freak, music minion, professional procrastinator, podcaster, video-maker, all around talented git.

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