Fans of Chan-Wook Park's 2003 mystery-thriller Oldboy have taken news of Spike Lee's upcoming remake with a healthy dose of skepticism and doubt. Up until know, there wasn't much divulged as to whether the film would be an updated remake or if it would work in a shot-for-shot tone of the original. All that we've heard up until now is that the story would be "Americanized," which would shift the locations to the States.
Elizabeth Olsen attempted to shed some light on the subject during her recent interview with Vulture while promoting Liberal Arts. "He's only seemed like the most collaborative, actor-friendly director so far. I'm so game for it. It's like a mind thing you have to adjust for that movie. It's going to be really mental. And really exhausting."
She then opens up a bit more about her character, portrayed by Hye-Jeong Kang in the original.
"In the original, my character is the token beautiful woman, object of desire, and in our movie, she's more like someone who is a real human being, someone with psychological issues, and they both need each other. It's a little more interesting role to play."
Olsen moves on to saying that the film will be a remake that features "throwbacks" to the original film.
"We're not trying to remake that movie, but there are certain things that are so clearly representative, so we'll do throwbacks to that, but we won't do a redo. It's also going to be Americanized (there's that buzzword again), so it's a totally different culture, and a totally different time period. It's ten years later. So all those things have to come to play."
Film District picked up the distribution rights to the film recently at the Toronto Film Festival. The film begins shooting later this year for a 2013 release.
Do Olsen's comments on her character and the overall tone of the film change your thoughts on this remake? Are you interested to see what Spike Lee can do with the material or are you content with the original version?