It's been a good week for those who welcome bad news for Hollywood remakes of Asian media. Following the Akira red light, the Spike Lee directed adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Oldboy manga sprung a pair of flats with a delay in production and a no-go with its choice of villain.
Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), cast as the psycho-mystery's hero, has required Warner Brother to push back filming due to his press commitments to the third Men In Black film. Filming, which was to have started in the spring, is now planned to start in the late summer or early fall.
The second blow came when Clive Owen joined Colin Firth and Christian Bale in turning down the role of the movie's villain. An old wound, but Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara also turned down the role of movie's female lead.