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November 21, 2008

Oldboy will Adapt the Comic, Not the Film

— Posted by Rodney

There are already internet rebellions against the adaptation of Oldboy. And everyone pretty much ignores the ones that start off with the “there are no new ideas in Hollywood” line, so when Will Smith stopped to chat with Brian at Film School Rejects he gathered some intel that he hopes will change that.

Fans have already made themselves heard about their distaste for Oldboy being remade and Smith being the man rumored to take the lead. Well, we heard it straight from the star’s mouth that he is definitely starring in Steven Spielberg’s Oldboy…with a twist. Smith wanted to make a very strong point that this is not an adaptation of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film. So what is it an adaptation of?

We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material. There’s the original comics of ‘Oldboy’ that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film…,” said Smith.

So the fanboys who were upset that this was going to be an American Adaptation of the Oldboy film are not likely to be placated by news that it will be a comic book adaptation instead. Pretty much the same thing really.

The proof will be in the final product. Right now, those who are opposed won’t change their mind just because they are making their film from the comic that another film was already made of. Six of one, half dozen of the other. But when it finally comes out those same people will still be comparing this adaptation of the comic against the previous adaptation of the comic, so it’s just redirecting the fanboy hate.

I haven’t read the graphic novel, so I don’t know how close the Chan-wook Park’s film came to it. Maybe the Spielberg Oldboy will be a closer adaptation. Wouldn’t that send the blogsphere for a spin?

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  • Bigmike

    Good to hear, the other movie had absolutely nothing to do with the comic except the name

  • http://www.cgccomicslot.com Comic Book Stores

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  • Party Marty

    I havn’t read the Manga but Ive been told the movie was quite a loose translation of the source, so the hollywood film could ened up being a very different revenge movie, not really a remake of the film at all.

  • http://www.slowzombies.blogspot.com The slowzombie

    Well, I haven’t read the manga, so I won’t cry wolf, and by wolf, I of course mean bad movie, just yet. Still, I can’t help but feel vaugely pessimistic. Nothing personal against american cinema, but a lot of idea import from various places overseas doesn’t… handle the transport very well, on the plus side, I can’t recall to have seen any work take the jump between mediae and clearing the water-filled gaps, popularily called seas, in one single bound, so I can’t really say if it’ll work or not.

    Still though, I’m fairly sceptical.

  • chris (the real one)

    hmm…never read the manga…i might look it up and give it a gander….i heard oldboy was similar to the book, but the book was slightly more detailed than the movie….i think the same twist is there but idk….truly one of my personal favorites of all time….as long as the original doesnt change to the tone of the story, then we might have a decent film….

    and i never will understand people on the internet insulting those who feel passionate about a film or show…some people just dont want to see something the enjoy be done again for no reason….everyone has an opinion

  • HDpunk

    they will probably make it a pg13 movie & remove the incest part

  • shadopup

    It makes more sense this way actually. I admit I did not know the Korean movie version of Oldboy was an adaptation of a Japanese manga.

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