‘Oldboy’ Remake Gets a Delightfully Weird Poster
The worst thing a remake of Park Chan-Wook's incredible 'Oldboy' can be is generic, which is why a newly released poster for Spike Lee's upcoming remake has, for the first time, filled us with true optimism about the project. The fact that an official one-sheet for the film is this bizarre leads up to believe that (maybe, perhaps, hopefully) the final film will be as insane as the Korean original. Fingers crossed, folks.
As you can clearly see, the poster depicts Josh Brolin emerging from a trunk in the middle of a field (dressed to the nines, of course) while a woman with a yellow umbrella looks on. It's not a literal image in any way and the fact that the marketing is going this surreal is comforting (especially considering the shot in the poster is taken from an actual scene in the movie). Ever since the remake was announced, all film fans could gripe about was how Hollywood would ultimately water down the spectacularly boundary-free original film, which pulls no punches. If they're going to convince us that a remake is worthy of our time and attention, this is the way to do it. [Ed. note: the title font is Brolin's actual handwriting.]
As fans of the original film know, 'Oldboy' follows a family man who is abducted and held captive in solitary confinement for years for reasons he does not understand. After a decade or two of imprisonment, he is released (also for reasons unknown) and embarks on a violent quest to discover the identity and motives of his captor. Although Brolin is the leading man here (and this could be the role of a lifetime), he is backed up by a terrific supporting cast, including Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson.
'Oldboy' opens on October 25, 2013 and you can see the new 'Oldboy' trailer this Wednesday.