Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Will Apparently Have a Darker Ending?
While many fans of the original film have been skeptical of a remake every since Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were involved, the new version of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy from director Spike Lee already sounds promising with Josh Brolin taking the lead role and an offer out to Colin Firth to play the villain of the film. But what about the story itself? After all, the original film has a different ending than the manga on which the first film was based, so how will this film treat the story? Collider recently had a chat with producer Roy Lee, the man behind Japanese horror remakes like The Ring, who teased some small details.
As for the script, Lee says, "This is a completely new version written by Mark Protosevich." That's the same writer behind I Am Legend and the forthcoming return to Jurassic Park. And while the producer says the film obviously shares elements with the original film, there are plenty of differences to keep the story fresh:
"It’s very similar, but we’ve added new elements. Or, Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements to it that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that changes the story but eventually go in the same direction."
One specific tease that Lee delivered was the ending to the remake. While he doesn't say that it will be faithful to either Park Chan-wook's original film or the manga, Lee says, "The ending will be something that the audiences will all be, especially the fans of the original, will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker." We don't want to ruin the film for those who haven't seen the original, or who want to go into this remake with a clean slate, but a darker ending could make for a very pleasing adaptation, even for fans who might be dreading this remake. Thoughts?