Friday, November 21, 2008

NEWS: Oldboy and Arrested Development...

Hey guys! Today is only halfway complete, and yet, there is some really big news to discuss, so here are the two noteworthy headlines...

- It looks as though the reports on Speilberg's Oldboy film were half correct. He is indeed working on a film involving Will Smith in the lead, but the film will NOT be a remake...A tip of the hat to /film for the info...

“We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material,” Smith told FSR. “There’s the original comics of ‘Oldboy’ that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film…”

Well, my hatred for the project is now pretty much gone. I am off the thinking, that if you have a source, you can adapt that source as many times as you want, in whatever way you want. Take the Batman franchise for example. The Chan Wook Park film is based on a manga, and so will the Speilberg flick.

Here's the plot summary of the manga...

“Ten years ago, they took him. He doesn’t know who. For ten years he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn’t know why. For ten years his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jailers. In time, he lost himself. He changed . . . transformed himself into something else . . . something hard . . . something lethal. Suddenly one day, his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what’s left of his life . . . and what’s left is revenge.”

Now, in a recent article, the Onion A/V club has mentioned that the original manga is far less perverse and grim than the Park film is, so I'm actually fine with this. What are your thoughts?

- Finally, it appears as though Ron Howard and Mitch Hurwitz are in the last stages of getting a deal done to bring the critically acclaimed television series, Arrested Development, to the big screen.

What should the film be about?

Come back later for more news and notes...

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. We should have known that two people as creative as Steven Spielberg and Will Smith wouldn't just rip off another movie! I'm glad there's more to this Oldboy situation than everyone originally thought, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the American version now.


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