Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Josh Brolin Will Pick Up The Hammer For Spike Lee's OLDBOY Remake!

Nordling here.

It's been rumored for a few weeks now, ever since Spike Lee's announced that he was remaking it, but now it's official - Josh Brolin will play the "Oh Daesu" role in the OLDBOY remake.  That's good casting, in my opinion - Brolin proved in W. that he ages well on screen, and I think he'll bring the intensity to the performance that we're all wanting to see.

Now who for Woo-Jin Lee, or his Western equivalent?  I've heard talk about Christian Bale, which would also be good casting if he'll take the part.  But there's so many actors who are going to want to be involved in this one that it may just be a matter of first-come-first-served.  It's also unclear, still, whether this will be a remake based on the manga or the film.  But I'd love to see Spike Lee's version of the hallway scene.  Although it's hard to mess with perfection, and that scene, as shot, is perfect.  I don't think anyone would argue that.

Nordling, out.

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Oh shit. It's on Now!

    by JZM

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Oldboy? More like gayboy judging from that photo.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Josh Brolin is a brilliant choice

    by TinDrummer

    but is Spike Lee?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Who plays the younger version of Brolin in this?

    by buggerbugger

    My vote's for Tommy Lee Jones.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Repo Men did it better!

    by lostboytexas

    just admit it and move the fuck on

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    If you're not excited for this, youse a liar

    by Terrence

    I'm a fan of Lee's direction, and adding Brolin to the mix...if you've seen the original, you know he will bring the shit.

  • I still have no desire to see it, as I love the original and there is NO FUCKING WAY this will be better, but, at least I'm not embarrassed by the idea anymore.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Awesome casting

    by oaser

    Just think of Brolin copying Daesu's dead eyes in the final scene, the crooked, loose smile on his face. I see Brolin pulling this off, ONLY if Lee is able to translate both the story and action the way Chan-Wook Park didd.

  • There IS NO comparison. The Repo Men fight was a cheesy, hollywoodized version of the iconic Oldboy fight. Shit, I've never even thought of the two at the same time, let alone comparing them.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    About 75% of this movie will be good, even great.


    The other 25% will be preachy filler.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    As for the movie, I actually like Brolin as Oh-Daesu.

    by Sardonic

    This movie doesn't need to be made at all, but I will admit to be interested in how they approach. It should definitely be an adaptation of the manga, NOT a remake of the movie. There should be no octopus eating, no hallway-fight clone, etc. Think of new iconic stuff, don't just re-use the shit Chan-Wook already thought of. Hell, I'd go so far as to say not even to have a hammer in it, but that's obviously not going to happen. Oh, and Jude Law for Woo-Jinn.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Spike should adapt this as a musical.


    Call it OH, DAESU!

  • Now, if they keep the incest, I might even be happy, nay, excited about it!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    They have to keep the [SPOILER].

    by blackwood

    I can see why they'd shy away from the incest angle. Because, fucking EEW! But it's such a mind-fuck. I hate to suggest the integrity of the story hinges on it (re: EEW!), but... it kind of does.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The hammer scene was not perfect

    by selfblumpkin

    Oldboy is one of my favorite movies ever made, but the hammer scene is NOT perfect. It got the point across, and was emotionally powerful, but if you re-watch it there are at least 3 blows that dont even come close to looking like they hit the intended target. Some pretty piss-poor choreography too if you ask me. I'm super excited for this, but worried about the music. The music in the original was a HUGE part of the impact of the movie. Do we dare hope they bring back the same guy? Maybe they'll at least use some of the themes. Music will be a make-or-break IMO

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Have you seen the movie?!?!

    by selfblumpkin

    SPOILERZZZZ Almost every bit of violence in the movie is implied. Teeth pulling? Off-screen. Tongue-snipping? Off-screen. Ear puncture?? Not directly shown either (one of the best examples of Wook's directing style's awesomeness. Show you the result of an action, THEN fill you in on what actually happened.)

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    will he eat an octopus?

    by fred

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

    Repo Men's hammer scene was far superior!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Source Material

    by MorganRoss

    It has to be based upon the Manga, the original is so good that any attempt to copy it is futile (like that ever stopped Hollywood). But maybe, in the way the Coen's did with True Grit, Lee can make his own version. Chan-Wook's film was only loosley based on Garon Tsuchiya's series, the lead character had a name change and, as there was about 80 chapters to the Manga series, I'm sure Lee will come up with some original stuff from the amazing source material. The hallway scene needs to be avoided like the plague, you cannot improve on perfection!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    IF they must Americanize Oldboy (and Brolin is a good choice, he's got

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    what a lot of young Hollywood doesn't have...gravitas), I'd prefer Alfonso Cuarón directing. Just watched Children Of Men again this weekend. Damn, what an excellent job. I could easily see him helming an Oldboy redo.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The hallway scene CAN be improved darnit!

    by selfblumpkin

    In fact, I'd like to see hollywood's take on it. As long as it's one continuous shot, and the music is exactly the same note for note lol. Artistically the scene is perfect, but c'mon people, if you watch it, at times it's worse than a WWE fight, with blows not even coming close to landing!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I hate Spike Lee as much as he hates me, but I LOVE 25th HOUR!

    by selfblumpkin

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    This makes me hate it LESS...

    by AdrianVeidt

    ...but I still hate that this thing is getting remade. I am NEVER that guy, but for this movie, I will be. I get the money-making machine, but still. The original is so incredible that I hope this film makes them seek out the original.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by ZooTrain

    Josh Brolin is fucking Diane Lane. Can you do any better?

  • I know hollywood goes for $ makers over actual talent in most cases, but I hope that they will not just cast the first a-listers that show interest in this or any other project. Then again stanger stuff has happened (I'm lookin at you superlame8).

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Good Casting

    by D o o d

    but the film will still be rubbish!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Didn't Brolin batter Diane Lane? Or did turn out to be nothing?

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Didn't Brolin batter Diane Lane? Or did THAT turn out to be nothing?

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    hey selfblumpkin I agree

    by rhizomeman

    I'm glad you mentioned the music. SO many movies become classics due to their brilliant combinations of the visuals with the music. Oldboy is one of them.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    A solid choice, but uninspired

    by Kammich

    Don't get me wrong, I think Brolin will do a commendable job, and his casting doesn't hurt my excitement for the film at all. I just think the casting is kind of uninspired, going for the classic Hollywood "tough guy" actor like Brolin for the role. When we first see Oh Dae-Su in "Oldboy" he's a flunky. Overweight, loud, obnoxious, drunk. He's a colossal screw up, and it is only under the most EXTREME of circumstances(ie: 15 years of imprisonment) that he breaks, hardens, and becomes one bad ass motherfucker. Min-sik Choi is absolutely incredible in the role. He begins as the chubby slob and transitions to mentally broken and suicidal. After that, one of the most subtle parts of the character is how unsure but determined he is upon his release; I absolutely LOVE the line that goes something along the lines of "15 years of fake fighting, can it be put to real use?" I think thats an integral part of the character, remembering that he's been a nothing his entire life and then being dumped onto the streets as a fragile, broken man. Then, of course, you have the entire 3rd act where Oh Dae-Su is just a stone cold ass kicking machine. Its a tremendous, layered performance. I was hoping for a similar actor to be cast for Lee's adaptation. Someone who doesn't really LOOK the part of ass-kicker, someone who would really need the 15 years of exile to turn into a honed badass. I was kind of picturing Russell Crowe in my head, because he's got that range and when Crowe is good, he's REALLY good. I love the original film so much, but I'm looking forward to the remake. If it sucks, I can just go home and put in the DVD of the original, no big loss. And I think Spike Lee has been on a tremendous roll in the last 10+ years, so I'm excited about his collaberation with the material.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed about the score

    by Kammich

    I can't even picture the ending without hearing "The Last Waltz" in my head. Just fucking incredible stuff. Park Chan Wook has a knack for picking really good, outside-the-box musical accompaniments for his films.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    This is how you turn an amazing foreign film

    by Geektard_Smasher

    to into an American piece of shit. Spike Lee is an idiot, and his directing is for shit.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    And, Um

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Don't all chinks eat Octopus? Why the reaction to that?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    They fuck them too, right?

    by Geektard_Smasher

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST



  • YES, I'M TAKING THE PISS! But could it be any worse than this?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    no way will the remake go near the SPOILER

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    we know this. I doubt it was even broached in the meeting they had to greenlight this. We'll have the hallway scene and that's about it. Maybe they'll try and layer the event in so many levals of abstraction, but then the film will sail over ninety percent of people's heads and they'll lose money anyway.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Great casting. i have faith in this project.

    by KilliK

    The 2012 oscars will be about Django vs Oldboy.mark my words.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I don't think the spoiler is that big of an issue

    by Kammich

    Its extremely fucked up, but not much more so than most of what is in an R-rated movie these days. Hell, "Game of Thrones" just became a massive commercial and critical hit based heavily upon the same construct as the ending of "Oldboy," and Spike Lee made a damn movie about black people wearing black face, so he's certainly not shy.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Old Boy will still pork his daughter in remake

    by Geektard_Smasher

    But they will have it be like a Woody Allen, Soon Yi type thing. An adopted daughter that he barely knew.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    4 THINGS to be "AMERICANIZED in OLDBAY remake"

    by BILLY

    1) Instead of swallowing a live squid, he will swallow a WHOLE FUDRUCKERS 1lb burger (or triple Whopper, to get "product placement") 2) Instead of using a hammer, in the halway scene, it will be a HULK HAND, to maintain the PG-13 RATING 3)Instead of (SPOLIER ALERT DUMBASSES)-cutting out his own tongue at the end, OLDBOY(Brolin) will slap himself in the face, turn red, and say "aww schucks" 4) Instead of having spied on the villian having sex with his sister(like the original film), in this one, the hatred for OLDBOY will be racially motivated.( And likely, the villian will be Denzel Washington)

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Spike Lee? Oh, no you di'int

    by Teddy Artery

    No thanks... Brolin is fine, but Spike is out of his league.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Aged well in W. my ass

    by master_of_realty

    It's easy to look older when you look 35 as a college freshman. Guess that'd be Stone's fuck-up though.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Can we find out what's in the fucking box this time?

    by Jaster Mareel

    I thought Will Smiff was doing this.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    And I don't get the Spike Lee love here

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Although AICN is mostly white people, and black people don't go to Spike Lee films. they mostly know him as a little douche bag who runs around on the court of Lakers game like he's actually on the team or some shit. Pathetic prick. But most white folk just like to say there is a black director they like. But Tyler Perry is currently filling up that niche, so Spike will hopefully just fade away eventually (like he has been doing the last few years).

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Whatever next?

    by david starling

    Irreversible? Martyrs? Battle Royale? I saw the Devil? Along with Oldboy, films that have been done, and are effective as they are - they should be left well-alone, where people too frightened to bring the vision kicking and screaming to the screen, with inspirations of their own, can do other, safer things. And I have another bone to pick - Oldboy is part of a Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Sister Vengeance being the bookends) - why not adapt them? Or do they not have quite the controversial appeal and hook? On another note, I would love to see an adaptation of Park Chan-Wook's I'm a Cyborg, but that's okay - a wonderful, twisted, quirky tale.

  • Begin spoiler!!!!!then the incestuous relationship, the sister suicide, Oh Daesu sleeping with a daughter along with a few other things found in the movie will not come into play!!!! End Spoiler. I love the movie..but the magna is great too..Some plot threads in the beginning are the same but it's its own beast. Its more Hollywood friendly than the Korean film and since Spielberg and Will Smith had said their version was going to be based on the Magna..I got a gut feeling this version will be too.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Which Brolin?

    by LLL

    Hollywood by-the-numbers, popcorn Brolin... or "this guy totally gives a shit and is AWESOME" Brolin? I like the 2nd guy better.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    This is a lie! Will Smith is still the lead....

    by Mel

    and Jaden is going to play Evergreen and Willow is going to play his daughter. Oh and Jada Pinkett Smith Cox Arquette is going to play every other role.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Spike Lee is a douche yes, but Inside Man was awesome

    by Mel

    and by the way....Spike Lee goes to Knicks games, not Lakers games

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I think theres a big difference


    between the nauseating, excessive remakes of American movies, and remaking foreign films like this. Like, say, the Grudge. No one in the U.S. really saw or heard of the Japanese version. The American Grudge might as well have been an original movie as far as the general public was concerned. And it's a good horror movie, a shot-by-shot remake by the same director with a bigger budget. It's superior to the original. They want to bring foreign films to a wider U.S. audience, who won't have to focus on the bottom of the screen to read subtitles most of the movie, that's fine. I'm all for it.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST this is interesting.

    by FleshMachine

    spike and josh....velly interesting.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    oh wait..spike LEE shit i though Jonez!!!

    by FleshMachine

    this actually sucks

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Perfect Choice

    by mullymt

    If there is going to be a remake, this is a good start.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Brolin's actually a pretty good choice.

    by Yelsaeb

    So the first two bits of news on this movie are actually pretty good. Good ole Spike's got the directing chops and good ole Brolin's got the acting chops. Now, who's writing the thing?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Holy shit. This is PERFECT casting!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Man, I never even thought about him when I heard they were doing a remake, but, Jesus, this is really cool!

  • Ha! 25th Hour, Inside Man, the first half hour of Miracle at St. Anna, School Daze, Four Little Girls, When the Levees Broke, Bamboozled, Malcolm X. Brilliant director.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I'll join the chorus: pointless film, but great casting here.

    by kevred

    No point in remaking this, it's just as it should be just where it was (though I won't say "perfect", because I think it was a flawed mess of a film), but if you're going to do it, I can't think of anyone more perfect for the role. I think @kammich makes a good point about the character's transformation, though. They'll have to be careful with how they progress Brolin through the film to avoid it being one-dimensional. Oh, and @idrankyourmilkshake2, I love the Hulk Hands bit.

  • 25th Hour = all script. Great director? Not on that one. Everything else has been shit and Inside Man was ruined by his inability to see a whole movie through. At best he's good for 1 or 2 scenes which makes him a decent second unit director.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    No way

    by toosmooth

    You people are crazy to think this is good casting. Original Oldboy was intense. What has Brolin done that is intense? Now if they would have picked Del Toro, then i would have been on board. Del Toro or Bruce Willis would have killed this role.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Can they change the ending? (spoilers)

    by SilentP

    The fact that he finds out the girl is his daughter... that's fine. Keep that. But then have him kill the fucker who did this to him, and ask that woman to hypnotize him and his daughter so that they forget this ever happened to them and go their seperate ways. The fact that in the original he wanted the woman to make them just forget that they KNEW they were father and daughter pissed me the fuck off, what the fuck is wrong with that guy. He had all my sympathy up until then, and then I was just like... you are a terrible father.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Firefly Guy IS OldBoy

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    Nathan Fillion for every role

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    The fact that you were pissed off is great. It's a reaction. A reaction more than any hollywood or, without you knowing, the bullshit watered down ending you're proposing. It's a dark fucking movie and the ending is as dark as it starts. This is the exact reason why when hollywood will make it, it will be shit but you might like it!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    So, the dude from Goonies got the part? NOBODY CARES!!

    by IronEagle74

    After all, tons of people just rushed to go see Jonah Hex.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    d o o d

    by SilentP

    Yeahhh, I guess I never really bought into the argument that eliciting any reaction from a person at all makes for good art. I happen to think what the reaction is is also kind of important. I do take back the thing about how he should have killed the guy though, lol. That's what I would have done, but I guess characters in movies don't always have to do what I would have done. But I stand by what he should have done with his daughter. His actual decision was batshit retarded and non-sensical.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    You've hit the nail on the head. "It's not what you would've done". That's exactly why it's got that reaction. You are left with a cold sad feeling after the end and that's the whole point right..?! I'm not against happy endings or something with a predictable ending but this movie was in tone, style and script pretty flawless. I have to admit, after seeing old boy I had to go see some crappy hollywood movie to make me feel better about life!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    That hallway scene is dogshit

    by Roger Moon

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    The rumor turns out to be true

    by D.Vader

    I gotta give credit to the talkbackers here, whether they were the first to say it or not. First time I heard a reference to Brolin playing the part, it was here on AICN. Kudos.

  • You want to see another filmmaker, a well-respected filmmaker, riff on someone else's creative achievements? Are you fucking stupid? That's like saying "I can't wait to see Spielberg's version of the opening to Dr. Strangelove!" Like he's going to come up with a series of shots that both A) mimics the original's intent and B) improves upon it. How the fuck is Spike Lee going to improve on the tracking shot of Oh Dae Su fighting the gang back and forth down the hall way? Only a fucking idiot would put stock in someone somehow improving upon that. Yes, I'm drunk, but ridiculous, uneducated thoughts like these annoy me because there is obviously NO thought behind them. Its like saying "How will so and so improve on the Vertigo shot? How will so and so improve on the Matrix shot?" They won't, its a singular shot, you moron.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Spike Lee's version of the hall way scene

    by D.Vader

    Brolin floats through the whole scene cleaving skulls while moving on a dolly track.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    What the fuck is wrong with this guy?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Never mind Silentp

    by D.Vader

    I'm drunk and reacting to posts on an as-is basis. Didn't see your retractions.

  • With that, I think Spike Lee might pull this off.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Why not fucking his mother,whom he never had met?

    by KilliK

    That way Spike can mix the Oedipus complex with the theme of revenge,without his movie becoming too provocative for the american audience.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    At least they chose someone badass for it!

    by chien_sale

    I hope they will get rid of the tongue cutting moment, though. That's not very revenge.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    but yea Rourke would been awesome in this

    by chien_sale

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by badtechno

    ...could still be in the running to play sister fucker.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Will Hollywood nut up for Incest

    by Phategod2

    Will Hollywood actually go with the incest twist or will they puss out.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Hollywood: Because you can´t read subtitles

    by CuervoJones

    This movie is pointless.

  • They inject a whole lot of hardcore porn in these flicks to attract an audience..Ever see the "intellectual" porn of Hang Sang-Soo?..They get away with it by passing it off as "cultural differences" but Koreans call them sluts and hookers too...Otherwise it' is the same smarmy bravado as little dinky Spikeless Lee.."Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance"..Crap...."Lady Vengence"...Crap...They reminded me of Fashion magazine ads....There is some interesting Korean cinema out there...I'm a big fan of Im Kwon Taek, but not the K-Wave f'in breakdancers who want to show off their girlfriend's pussies for an easy buck..They are just scumbags...Pretty much like the Jay-Z crowd.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    Hollywood: Because you can´t read at all

    by CuervoJones

  • There are a lot of differences between the two..There is not incest, halways scene etc..the motivies are different. There are a lot of characters that have minor to no rolls at all in the movies. I love the movie..its one of my top 2 or 3 movies of all time...but the Magna which came out before the movie is an excellent read as well..go check it out

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Fucking remakes...

    by Ecto-1

    Oh and Protosevich is on script duties? I read his version of I Am Legend and it was fucking arse-gravy. Count me out on this one. I'll stick with the original.

  • I'm not expectingthis remake to be as good as the original korean movie. How could it be? Still, here's to hope for a smart and stylish remake. Aparently, the korean OLDBOY movie is quite a departure fromthe original manga. Maybe the american remake will be a more faithful adaptation, perhaps? And Christian Bale to play the adversary? Brillant! I hope it becames true.

  • I saw in youtube the corridor fight scene version in the indian movie, and it's hillariously bad. They also try to go for the one shot scene, but to say their efforts aren't as sucessful is an understatment. And the Oh Daesu character is played by a fat slow guy who looks he's about to have a coronery just for lifting the hammer. Aparently,the koreans were not amused by the remake, considering they weren't payed for permission and rights. All that story is quite hillarious.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    wasn = was

    by AsimovLives

  • My only hiope is that, spike Lee being a scriptwriter himself, he will rewrite the Prosevitch's crap and do a good job. Fucking shit! Protosevich's I AM LEGEND script should be used in teaching classes in how not to adapt a book. One of the worst fucking piece of shit script i ever had the displeasure to read in all my life. Small wonder Ridley Scott told him to fuck off when he was attached to I AM LEGEND.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    My apologies people

    by D.Vader

    Man I sounded like AsimovLives here last night.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Asimov, you need some perspective on the I Am Legend script

    by D.Vader

    Was the script truly bad, when separated from the book? Was it a poorly written script with bad setup, poor dialogue, unmotivated action, etc etc? No. You're comparing it to the book. You're saying someone is a bad writer because of choices in an adaptation, choices that had been dictated by the various producers and directors who had been attached to the project. And that's not really fair at all.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Another pointless remake

    by Suskis

    Nothing to add...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    They would be lucky to get Christian for the part.

    by The Fuck

    Since he can do whatever the fuck he want, why play in a remake? Plus the role's inspired by his earlier preformance and Spike, for gods sake read the manga.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Protosevich's "I Am Legend" is great until...

    by Human Tornado

    ... it turns into a train wreck. Literally. It's perfect until it turns into an action fest.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Josh Brolin = hell yeah. Spike Lee = EFF NO.

    by BeanGrud

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I can live with this as long as they stay true to story

    by Jeffrey

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee?

    by ZodNotGod

    He makes me laugh..He thinks he can make movies still...douchebag.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Of movies from other countries is far less agregious than the Holly-weird cannabalizes itself.

  • What you see is the hammer..the claw of the hammer on the teeth..some blood start to ooze from the gums...the camera then turns onto Oh Daesu's face you hear the sound affect of him extracting one of the teeth and then you see the aftermath of all the teeth laying on a don't actually see any actual teeth being extraction..its implied its brilliant..I didn't realize this until I saw the movie a 2nd time..The same thing with the tongue scene.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I can get behind the casting of Brolin.

    by Stalkeye

    Poor bastard hasn't really had a hit on his hands post American Gangster. And I couldnt even bother to finish Jonah Hex. (True Grit remake was nothing spectacular IMO.) Here's hoping for a comeback.

  • Well said, but I would omit Bamboozled for DTRT. Bamboozled had a great concept but went nowhere mostly in part to wayans unitentionally hilarious character. (WTF was up with that silly accent?)

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I love that Spike Lee is doing this

    by Rupee88

    I downloaded the original Oldboy and it was the dumbest POS movie I had seen in awhile. It is so overrated by clueless fanboys and you know Spike Lee is going to make all of them angry and somehow I like it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No, the fucking script was terrible and stupid in both ways. It was terrible and stupid as an adaptation, and it was terrible and stupid on it's own. It was shit. Fuck's sake if i know why anybody would have a less negative opinion on it!

  • What's so bad about that?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The irony of soembody calling clueless to others who like OLDBOY and himself calling the movie shit is so thich, one would need a chainsaw to cut through it. It's like swimming in pudding.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2 p.m. CST


    by selfblumpkin

    This post contains spoilers In response to an earlier post of yours, don't worry. Captain America was rated PG-13, and included a scene where a man is thrown into a spinning blade and SHOWN being instantaneously chopped into a million bloody meat nuggets. Also, "the violence is going to be played down, because of the stricter regulations in america" What regulations do you speak of? Have you watched any primetime TV lately? Cable TV? Is there anything in Oldboy that compares to a man's throat being slit with a box cutter, then forcibly being "bled out" all shown in graphic detail? I know it's old and terrible, but have you seen HOSTEL?!

  • permanently ruins him as an actor for me.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    I can't believe you referenced that turd. I know you acknowledged it's old and terrible but seriously, Hostel...? There was zero shocking violence in that crap. It's was unbelievable and laugh out laughable nonesence! So yes Old Boy has much more violence than Hostel!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Flava Flav as Oldboy

    by Stabby


  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Flava Flav as YEAHBOY

    by Stabby

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives, re: the script

    by D.Vader

    What was so "terrible and stupid on its own" of the script? I'd like to hear your rationale.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    There was only one idea that had potential in the Marky Mark Prosevitch's script: the siege of Neville's house as if it was some medieval siege. And even that sole idea was taken wholesome from THE OMEGA MAN. So, bascially, onit's own, it had nothing. The rest, the script went from very generic at the begining to downright retard by the climax. It's easy to tell that fuckign script was a work by comité where the screenwriter was merely a errant boy of sdumb ideas made into a dumb script made by an equaly dumb hackboy writer. I recognized some retard elements from Prosevitch's script in the final Big Willy Smithy crap-ass movie version.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That fucking shit was retard beyond belief. and i also loved the selective electrification from a lightbolt. Only the lead vampyre gets toasted, not anybodt else who was a mere metter away from him ON THE TOP OF A LIGHTHOUSE! Fucking shit that script was retard. And the justification the script itself gave to the title of the story was also a great example of COMPLETLY MISSING THE FUCKING POINT! I'm starting to think that calling Prosevitch's script retard is doing it a compliment it doesn't deserve. Small wonder Ridley Scott told him to fuck off once he was hired as director, as did every other director who were hired after him. Right so.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

  • That fucking shit was retard beyond belief. And i also loved the extreme selective electrification from a lightbolt. Only the lead vampyre gets toasted, not anybody else who was a mere metter away from him ON THE TOP OF A LIGHTHOUSE! Fucking shit that script was retard! And the justification the script itself gave to the title of the story was also a great example of COMPLETLY MISSING THE FUCKING POINT! I'm starting to think that calling Prosevitch's script retard is doing it a compliment it doesn't deserve. Small wonder Ridley Scott told him to fuck off once he was hired as director, as did every other director who were hired after him. Right so.

  • P.S.: INSIDE MAN is pretty good.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST




  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Angel Heart spoiler dont read if you havent seen it

    by bryan

    Mickey Rourke would be good. Plus he played a guy who ends up boinkin his daughter in Angel Heart.

  • I know 6 people (2 being my parents) that I can count on, if I let them borrow or tell them to rent a foriegn film they will watch it and watch it with subtitles. But for every 6 I know about 35 to 40 more who refuse to watch a movie because its subtitled. I dont know how many times I tried to pawn off Oldboy, City of God, Das Boot, Infernal Affairs, the Killer, Hard Boiled and a couple of others. I know very few that give in but watched the dubbed version..and sit there and complain that the acting was crap? lol I remember one guy rented The Host not knowing anything about it..came in and said have you seen it..its some of the worst acting I ever I said did you watch it dubbed he said yes..I refused to watch it subtitled smh.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee has made some really bad movies...


    But he has also made some great ones: Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour and Summer of Sam would be his best in my opinion.

  • The few that I know will do..have of those will only watch it dubbed..not realizing that they watching said movie in an inferior way..when I explain why..most of the time I get responses saying I'm wrong..I've also came accross a few that refuse to watch foriegn films because they think they are inferior to Hollywood films. I'm just saying I feel that me and you and a lot of us on these boards that watch foriegn films, in thier natural language, subtitled are in the minority.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Good list Sailor_ripley..but yeah he def made some crap

    by MRJONZ72

    Bamboozled, She Hate Me comes to mind. Miracle on St. Anna mite not have been on those level..but a below average film for me.