Variety’s Jeff Sneider is reporting that production on Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s classic South Korean film ‘Oldboy’ has been halted until late summer/early fall, due to Josh Brolin’s press commitments for ‘Men in Black 3.’ Sneider also reveals that Clive Owen is now unlikely to take on the role of the villain in the film – which had previously been linked to Christian Bale and Colin Firth. ‘Oldboy’ tells the story of a Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters 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. The original film, released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

I’m a big fan of both Josh Brolin and Spike Lee, I still don’t quite grasp remaking such a unique and flawless film though if I’m honest. I am however giving this film the benefit of the doubt as Spike Lee is such a talented and original film-maker himself, without doubt one of my favourite directors working today. The combination of Spike Lee and Josh Brolin is certainly a FAR better fit to the material than Will Smith and Steven Spielberg – who had previously been linked to the project.  Expect more details soon.