Director Spike Lee’s American adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s classic 2003 manga comic film Oldboy will be released around Halloween on October 25, two weeks later than originally planned.
Director Spike Lee’s Oldboy will battle less competition with its new release date.
The Summer of Sam filmmaker’s American adaptation of South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook’s iconic 2003 thriller was originally set to hit theatres on October 11.
According to Cinema Blend the feature will now reach audiences just before Halloween on October 25.
Originally Oldboy would have met stiff competition the weekend of October 11. Tom Hanks-led biographical drama Captain Phillips is released at that time and so is paranormal thriller Haunt, a feature overseen by District 9 producers Carolynne Cunningham and Bill Block.
On October 25 Oldboy will have to contend with Paranormal Activity 5, a found footage horror franchise instalment that stars Demi Lovato.
Oldboy tells the story of a man who has been kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years before being released and discovering he needs to find his captor in five days.
It is based on the Japanese manga written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya.
Spike’s movie stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson.
With his deep, dark eyes, thin face, and history of working with Spike Lee, James Ransone has all the makings of a perfect fit for Lee’s remake of South Korean revenge classic Oldboy, currently filming in New Orleans with Josh Brolin as a man going after his captors after being imprisoned for more than a decade. But Ransone, who replaced Nate Parker in the part of a doctor working with co-lead Elizabeth Olsen’s character, goes totally against type. He plays a good guy, different from other well-known twitchy parts he taken on, such as drunken, delinquent Ziggy on HBO’s The Wire, or a robber in Lee’s 2006 thriller Inside Man.
What can you reveal about your character?
I’m playing a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen’s character at this medical clinic. The only thing I really will reveal is that I’m a nice person in the movie, which is nice for me. I can usually play polarizing characters. … They’ve taken more from the comic book than they did from the original movie, in the script. The real issue is the expectation that it’s going to be a really watered down version. People should remember that Spike’s polemic, an antagonistic director.
How about working with Elizabeth Olsen? She gained traction with last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene.
I had known her from just being in New York. She’s an NYU theater girl, just really sweet. Sometimes actresses are just insane. She isn’t. She’s really grounded. She grew up in such a Hollywood family.
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