As much as the thought of an American remake of Chan-wook Park's 'Oldboy' makes our skin crawl, we can't help but remain interested in this project. Sure, the very concept sounds like a train wreck on paper, but when you put a virtuoso like Spike Lee in the director's seat and actors like Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen in front of the camera, you've gone and got our attention. The lastest news has only further piqued our interest: Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast.
If you want to save a remake from being slaughtered in pre-production, it's best to hire a great filmmaker. And where the idea of a remake of Park Chan-Wook's 'Oldboy' might have seemed terrible, with Spike Lee behind the camera it will at least be interesting. And the talent in front of the camera is there to match as Sharlto Copley has been confirmed as the mysterious torturer of Josh Brolin in the film.