When it comes to Spike Lee‘s upcoming remake of Oldboy there is instantly an audience divide: those that say Chan-wook Park‘s original and those that haven’t. In the world of the Internet that means the film is going to be picked apart as will the marketing with people saying, “They’re showing too much! That looks too much like the original! I guess they didn’t go back to the source material!” and on and on it will go.
Today FilmDistrict has revealed the first trailer for the film and it’s of the red band variety so if you’re at work you may want to put the headphones on or watch during your lunch hour.
As for the story, it follows 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.
Personally I’m very excited to see where this one goes and anticipating its October 25 release, and who knows, maybe FilmDistrict will bring it to Toronto? After all, Park’s played the fest back in 2004 and wouldn’t this make for one hell of a Midnight Madness premiere?
Check out the red band trailer below and let me know what you think.