The South Korean film Oldboy will have an American remake. In fact, Mandate Picture, an American production company, has just announced that Spike Lee will direct that American remake called Old Boy.
Just like in the South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook (Thirst), the American remake will centre on a man who gets abducted on the birthday of his daughter. He's then held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. When this man is released, he prepares his vengeance.
The expectations for the American remake are thus, really high. This is because the original South Korean version won the Grand Prize of the Jury during the Cannes International Film Festival in 2004.
This news confirms that American director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) will not be involved in the U.S. remake. In fact, back in 2008, Spielberg and actor Will Smith (I Am Legend) were seeking to get their hands on the remake rights of Oldboy through Spielberg's company Dreamworks.
For the moment, no actors have been hired to star in the American Oldboy. According to IMDB.com, Old Boy will be released in the USA in 2012.