We’ve reported recently on Spike Lee’s latest musings and rants on Hollywood’s money club and his view from outside the circle. But Spike may have a smile on his face today as the filmmaker is getting back to work after three years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spike has been tapped to work on a remake of Old Boy, a South Korean film. In 2004, the original movie met rave reviews winning the Grand Prize Jury Award at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The English-language remake has had some high-profile flirtations, with Steven Spielberg and Will Smith once circling.

In making the announcement, Mandate describes the story “of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday. For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his release, must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement.”


While Spike has put out some quality television documentaries over the past few years, we’re glad to see him heading back to the work he loves.

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  • Wendy

    I hope he does it justice. The original is a great film. Best revenge film hands down, imo. I wonder how he’s gonna clean it up for american audiences. There’s a lot of blood and incest in Old Boy.

    • Old Boy is a masterpiece and I can’t imagine anyone improving on it. I would also advice people to check out a french film called ‘A Prophet’ before hollywood ruins it for you

    • Wendy

      I completely agree with you. I can’t see how they can improve it or even why they would need to remake it. That’s hollywood for ya I guess. Thanks for the film recommendation. I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • Honestly, I don’t really like Old Boy, but I wish Spike Lee luck. He deserves high profile projects after all of the work he’s put in over 20+ years. I’m just worried that the former sponsors must have left this project alone for reason… I just hope the whole thing doesn’t end up a dud or a money pit –for his sake.