With Sharlto Copley on board to play the villain in Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s modern classic ‘Oldboy,’ Splashpage caught up with the actor to hear his thoughts on the film, “They’ve been very true to the spirit of it. It’s dark, it’s gritty. They’re not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I’m very excited about that movie. I’m very excited about working with Spike and with Josh. I think it’s going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally.” Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, 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. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen will play a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. The original film, released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The likes of Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth were previously linked to the villain role.

I’m a massive fan of Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Spike Lee, yet I still don’t quite grasp remaking such a unique and flawless film if I’m honest. I am however giving this ‘Oldboy’ remake/retelling the benefit of the doubt as Spike Lee is such a talented and original film-maker himself, without a 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. In addition to Neill Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi flick ‘District 9,’ Sharlto Copley previously starred in Joe Carnahan’s blockbuster ‘The A-Team.’ The actor also recently reteamed with Neill Blomkamp on the Matt Damon-starring ‘Elysium,’ which is due in cinemas March, 2013. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in Sebastian Cordero’s sci-fi thriller ‘Europa.’ ‘Oldboy’ is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90’s manga series.