Samuel Jackson Joins Spike Lee's OLDBOY; Bruce Hornsby Set as Composer
Published: August 19, 2012 - 6:39pm
Director Spike Lee's English language adaptation of the Korean psychological thriller manga property is prepping to begin production this September with Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) in the lead role.
A man kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday is held captive for fifteen years. Upon his release he embarks on an obsessive mission to find the reason for his imprisonment and soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than solitary confinement.
The original South Korean Oldboy was directed by Park Chan-wook and released in 2004 to critical acclaim with Quentin Tarantino heavily pushing, unsuccessfully, for the movie to take home top honors at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie has since become a cult classic, known for it's violence, strange original premise and shocking twist.
No Country for Old Men and Men in Black 3 star Josh Brolin is set to play the lead role of Joe Douchett in Spike Lee's English language adaptation of Old Boy for Mandate Pictures. Elizabeth Olsen and Shartlo Copley will also star.
Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) is the latest cast member to join the project, which begins filming this Fall in Louisiana and New York. His role will is small but important, playing the man who is brutally tortured by the hero (Brolin) in a key sequence. In the original, his character had his teeth extracted one-by-one with the claw end of a hammer but that has been changed for the new film. He can next be seen in Tarantino's Django Unchained.
It's also been revealed that composer Bruce Hornsby is now on board to produce the film's score. He offered a few words about musical ideas for the project: "I'm working on a few things and I'll send them to Spike soon. The 'D' word [dark tone] has been spoken to me by him. But I think the score will also run the gamut."