There have been some reactions to test screenings of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy popping up, but I’m avoiding them like the plague. After all, who are these people that are giving these reports? And if they’re reporting on what changes may be in store for Lee’s adaptation compared to Chan-wook Park‘s 2003 original adaptation, why would I want to know what they are? Doesn’t the spoil any and all surprise?
There have been some rumors the film would find its way to the Cannes Film Festival, but with that announcement coming this Thursday I have a hard time believing that will actually happen.
However, with many bloggers descending on Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon, the ultimate when it comes to marketing conventions, studios are taking the time to get a little buzz going and FilmDistrict is doing just that with Oldboy.
Below is the first Oldboy teaser poster. Those that have seen Park’s film will know what they’re looking at, those that haven’t will learn soon enough.
FilmDistrict is releasing Oldboy on October 11 and instead of a Cannes premiere, Venice and Toronto seem far more likely. I’ve included the synopsis below the poster… have a look.
Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.