Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake Gets Pushed Back

Todd Rigney - Author

Jul. 29 2013, Updated 5:31 p.m. ET

Director Spike Lee’s remake of the classic South Korean thriller Oldboy is getting pushed back again.

Instead of arriving in theaters this Halloween, the flick will now hit theaters this Thanksgiving. The official release date is now November 27. Considering its history, there’s a possibility that the flick could get pushed around yet again.

This isn’t the first time the release date for Spike Lee’s Oldboy has been shifted by the folks at FilmDistrict. Back in May, the remake’s date was moved from October 11 to October 25. Now the movie is getting pushed back an entire month.

Here’s how the distributor describes the flick:

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Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy is likely to cause quite a bit of controversy when it arrives in theaters later this year. The film is frequently brutal and uncompromising, something that helped the original gain such a loyal cult following. It will be interesting to see how fans react to the remake.

The acclaimed filmmaker is also generating some negative attention because of his recent Kickstarter campaign. Instead of financing his next movie through a studio, he is currently asking his fans and supporters to fund the flick themselves.

“I have a different vision of what cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served audiences might want to see. That is why I am here on Kickstarter, to raise the funds for The New Spike Lee Joint, to get this bad boy financed,” the filmmaker explained.

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Although some fans aren’t too keen on the idea of giving a multi-millionaire any of their money, Steven Soderbergh apparently doesn’t have an issue with it. The Magic Mike director reportedly donated a cool $10,000 to Lee’s upcoming horror flick.

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming remake. The clip is definitely not safe for work.

Are you looking forward to Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake?

[Image via FilmDistrict]


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