Sam Jackson Joins Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' with a Bruce Hornsby Score

August 20, 2012
Source: LA Times

Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson

After gestating for years, the remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy finally seems to be coming together with Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen starring in the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years for unknown reasons. Upon his perplexing release, he sets out to find out just who held him hostage and why. Now news comes from the LA Times of a familiar face joining the cast as Samuel L. Jackson has reportedly landed a small but pivotal role in the film. Before Jackson became such a household name, the actor worked with Lee on School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing. More below!

Jackson will play a man being tortured by Brolin's character. In the original film, the scene is easily one of the most powerful, even disturbing, sequences as our hero extracts his teeth using the claw end of a hammer. It's not exactly a standard trip to the dentist. However, in the remake, the form of torture isn't the same, but still promises to be pretty brutal. It likely will be on the opposite end of the spectrum of the most recent appearance of Lee and Jackson together as the duo "performed" the Jay-Z and Kanye West track Niggas in Paris at the BET Awards.

Meanwhile, the film has also gained a solid name behind the scenes Grammy-winning musician and singer Bruce Hornsby will provide the score for the film. Hornsby is better known for his jazz and blue grass music, but he ventured into composing music for films with Lee's documentary Kobe Doin' Work and also the painfully disappointing Red Hook Summer, hitting theaters later this year. If he's bringing his jazz sensibilities to this project, the score could be very sexy with a bit of chaotic jazz thrown in for good measure. Lee has told the composer he wants it dark but Hornsby says, "I think the score will also run the gamut." We've been waiting for this movie for awhile, and I'm interested to see what Lee does with the story.



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I don't mind remakes that much. I don't mind when they change scenes up either to add a little originality rather than re watching the same thing in English, but I'm hoping the torture scene wasn't just changed because it would be too violent for america audiences : . It is an iconic scene in my opinion. I mean, will the movie even have the same crazy-ass ending?

Jacob Denton on Aug 20, 2012


If it sticks to the original source material, that the Korean film used. Then no, it won't have the same ending. But from what I can tell. Unlike the Spielberg and Smith collaboration. This is now more of a remake of the Korean film, rather than the comics it was based on. So hopefully it's faithful to the movie, while carving out it's own identity of course.

Haikira on Aug 20, 2012


i'd be astonished if the US remake has the Korean ending. impressed, but astonished. i *do* mind remakes that much, unless they bring something substantially new to the table, adding value to what has gone before, but with their own take on the material rather than just a slavish copy. the casting and composer choices do suggest Lee is trying to create his own story. i guess we'll see. but even with this cast, i just still can't see the point of the retelling.

son_et_lumiere on Aug 20, 2012


Spike Lee is racist.

dude on Aug 20, 2012


Nothing against Spike Lee.... but... why?

Reznik on Aug 20, 2012


can't wait to see Spike Lee's Bad 25 premiere on thanksgiving... prime time on ABC.

LOVE is my message on Sep 7, 2012

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