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Josh Brolin Asked Oldboy Director For Permission To Remake It

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Josh Brolin asked Oldboy directors permission for remake

It's been a while since we heard anything about the remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, but Josh Brolin was so serious about starring in the Spike Lee joint that he asked the South Korean director for permission!

As we have previously mentioned, the actor took over the lead role from Will Smith while Spike replaced Steven Spielberg. Before signing on though, Brolin reached out to Chan-wook to make sure he approved of Hollywood tinkering with his HIGHLY respected 2003 film.

In a recent interview, the Men In Black III star explained:

"I wrote an email to Park, who I really love, when I tried to get him to direct Jonah Hex. He almost did it, and when I let him go, I was like, 'If you're not completely into this, then we'll find something else to do together.' Then I said, 'I want your blessing to do Oldboy' He wrote back this beautiful letter and it said, 'I love remakes and I think it’s great, just don’t do it exactly like we did.'"

First of all, imagine the difference in cinematic history if the guy behind Oldboy decided to direct Jonah Hex. Ha!

Secondly, we think that was a pretty honorable move on Brolin's part. This is not an easy movie to remake and we're sure A LOT of fans don't even want to see it, but at least the remake's star had the decency to make sure Chan-wook approved of the idea.

Since most Americans don't take the time to seek out foreign films, this remake is the only way the majority of the country will get a taste of what they are missing out on!

[Image via WENN.]

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  3. cari says – reply to this


    Yes, this is going to tank. Spike Lee? Josh Brolin? Really? It stood a chance, hell a slam dunk, when it was Spielberg/Bale. Now probably straight to DVD. And…no one will care.

  4. 4

    This didn't need to be remade. I know, how about English speaking countries go see a film with sub-titles! I mean come on, why can't people see the original? It is perfect and there is no way in hell they will be able to make it anywhere near as good. Also it is very much driven by culture. I don't see the remake being very good.

  5. hutchback says – reply to this


    check your facts perez, a remake of oldboy was made in india and GOT SUED for not asking to remake it. Josh Brolin was being SMART to ask permission, hence not to get sued