Oldboy Writer, Actors Talk Differences Between Original

posted on 2013-11-14 23:20 EST

Oldboy writer Mark Protosevich and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin discussed differences between Spike Lee's remake and Chan-wook Park's original film. Protosevich had the following to say about upcoming film:

The core story is the same, but there are some cultural aspects of the original that I feel are very much of its culture, and I was very conscious of trying to make our film resonate more from a Western perspective. There were certain elements that were very stylized in the original, and I think we wanted to ground it more in reality, or at least that was my intention, to make it play in a more straightforward sense. So, it was trying to capture the spirit and story of the original but trying to make it very much ours.

Jackson also commented on some of the differences between the films:

There are so many things that are different and so many things that are similar, in theme, yes, in execution, not so much. My particular character I just wanted to be interesting and sort of off-key in a physical and temperamental sort of way, and Spike allowed me to bring a lot of stuff with me and use a majority of it, so I'm very pleased.

Film website Dread Central conducted interviews with Protosevich the film's star Brolin (Joe Doucette).

Lee shot his remake with Brolin (Milk, Men in Black 3), actress Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team), Samuel L. Jackson (Jungle Fever, Pulp Fiction, The Avengers), and James Ransone (Sinister, Inside Man, The Next Three Days) last fall.

Park's film is itself an adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Oldboy manga, which follows a man seeking the kidnapper who imprisoned him for years.

Lee's remake will open in select theaters on November 27.

Source: Holywood Reporter, Dread Central

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