Matthew Vaughn, Danny Boyle Desired for Revived 'Oldboy' Redo

November 8, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Vaughn / Oldboy / Boyle

Remember back when there was a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, or rather a "new adaptation" of the graphic novel, in the works with Will Smith and Steven Spielberg behind it? After we heard about legal troubles that might prevent the film from getting off the ground, the project was declared dead a few months later. However, a tweet from Pajiba says a new draft of the script from Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell) has Mandate Pictures all abuzz. Apparently they're taking the project back to Spielberg, but are also looking at Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) as a possibility to direct, and Danny Boyle (127 Hours) as a back-up.

Since Spielberg is already committed to Robopocalypse as his next feature following completion of his adaptation of War Horse, it's unlikely that he sit in the director's chair. Meanwhile, Matthew Vaughn hasn't lined up a project to follow his current work on X-Men: First Class and Danny Boyle hasn't yet lined up a follow-up project for his recently released 127 Hours. While many fans are certainly opposed to the remake, a new adaptation of the original graphic novel in the hands of the guy who directed Kick-Ass, or a talented director like Boyle sounds fairly enticing. Of course, it's not even a guarantee that this project well ever get off the ground. Only time will tell if an Oldboy remake will ever hit the big screen. What do you think of Danny Boyle or Matthew Vaughn directing an Oldboy remake?

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


Boyle do 28 Months Later, tired of waiting. Oldboy in their hands could be something amazing!

Xerxex on Nov 8, 2010


Vaughn needs to do Kick-Ass 2 next.

Ben on Nov 8, 2010


The Korean version of Old Boy was awesome. I do not see a reason why we need to remake everything in this country. I like these directors but I agree with Xerxex, Boyle needs to get moving on 28 months later already. I also agree with Ben that Vaughn should get cracking on Kick-Ass 2. Strike while the iron is hot PLEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Misfit on Nov 8, 2010


Ugh, why does everything have to be remade or be a sequel? At this point I will gladly throw money at a movie that is original.

conrad on Nov 8, 2010


i just blogged about how it was a dead project and now i just jinxed myself. it doesnt sound too bad but honestly NOTHING and i mean NOTHING can replace park chan wook's old boy.

black widow on Nov 8, 2010


I'd love to see Vaughn do this remake, but not Will Smith in the role, I'd like to see Sean Penn or Matt Damon in the role.

jah p on Nov 8, 2010


ADORE the first and if it weren't these 2 directors taking a whack at it i would be bitching up a storm at the thought of this remake but just like #5 said, ya cant even come close to what Park Chan Wook created

DoomCanoe on Nov 8, 2010


No No, why does every damn thing need to be remade?

M on Nov 8, 2010


Remaking Park Chan Wook is like remaking Tarrantino. The styles and way of telling stories are so definitive that a remake is just taking away interest in the original. Imagine Pulp Fiction getting remade a decade later for new audiences. The original would be viewed as something old, "back then". Less people will watch the original when there is a new one going around. Leave 'em alone.

Nethanel on Nov 8, 2010


#9 Except they're not remaking Park Chan Wook. It's amazing how so many people fail to realize that OldBoy (film) is an adaptation of a japanese graphic novel, which is completely different from the film adaptation.

SkaOreo on Nov 8, 2010


@ 10 I know that, but you honestly think they are going to make the adaptation without the help of the Park's film? Look at "Let Me In", the visuals are pretty much the same and I don't think anyone can deny that. And on "Let Me In", apparently no one saw the original, but it still turned out looking the same. The graphic novel is the source, but Park's film was the hit that made every appreciate the classic novel no one was reading. Hollywood will go with the masterpiece over the source material any day, for the assurance of a buck.

Nethanel on Nov 9, 2010


Don't do it. Just release the original Oldboy in america.

Roderick on Nov 9, 2010


If this is remade, I seriously doubt any american/english actor outside of Christian Bale would be willing to eat a live octopuss on screen, lol!!!

jah p on Nov 9, 2010


Oh I forgot, it's in America so I guess if they re-shot that scene, it would involve an american based dish or something!lol! Still a umbelievable scene in the original movie, hard to forget!

jah p on Nov 9, 2010


It says, Vaughan. It doesn't say Vaughn.

Correcter on Nov 9, 2010


Will Smith could never be gritty enough to play this role.

L on Nov 9, 2010


OLDBOY does not need to be remade.

james on Nov 12, 2010

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