Hey folks, Harry here... Don't know about you, but I really am not a fan of the director choice that Universal attached to the OLDBOY remake. This is one that I'd love to see someone like Scorsese to tackle with DeNiro. To make one last badass mutherfucker of a film. Maybe Bobby is a bit old for the part - but I don't think so. And to see Scorsese's hammer time... drool. Maybe it's just that after watching ANNAPOLIS - I just wanted to scream at Universal to not use Justin Lin. Maybe he's completely right for it, ahem... He's a young filmmaker and perhaps this is the exact material he needs to be great, however... I just don't have a lot of faith in him. Here's what he said to SuicideGirls...
I recently spoke to director Justin Lin for the release of Annapolis for SuicideGirls. He is also planning on directing the remake of Park Chan Wook's Oldboy
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DRE: I?ve heard a couple rumors of rumors about the Oldboy remake. That the main character will eat tacos instead of squid. Is that correct?
Justin: [laughs] We?re just playing around. We went from tacos to burritos but right now we?re so far away from it being a reality. I love that film and the only reason I wanted to explore that avenue is because it really spoke to me. I didn?t sign on to make a Xerox copy of the original because it?s a masterpiece. I wanted to explore other themes within it. If I was going to come close to making a Xerox I hope I have enough sense to stop that process. Oldboy is one of those projects where structurally it?s so solid and it brings up so many great themes that you could give it to ten different filmmakers and it would be interesting to see what comes out of each of them.
So far Universal has been very open to anything. I told them that I?m not signing on unless we?re not going to water down the ending. It has always been important to make sure that it?s understood up front what we?re trying to accomplish.
DRE: Is Nicolas Cage still attached?
Justin: We don?t have formal attachments. It?s a great movie and any actor in their right mind would want to be a part of it. I know he said publicly he?d be interested in it. I just don?t think we?re at that stage yet so hopefully after I wrap this movie I?ll have a little bit more time to play around and see what comes up.
Daniel Robert Epstein