After an appropriately convoluted trip to production, the Hollywood adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Eisner award-winning manga Oldoy is beginning filming this week. Director Spike Lee Tweeted "WAKE UP-Today The 1st Day Of Principal Photography For The New Spike Lee Joint OLDBOY-'40 ACRES AND A PORSCHE WITH MORE THAN 400 HORSES,YEAH.'"
Day 1- 1st Shot On Location OLDBOY. HELL YEAH.Don’t Start None,Won’t Be None.Ya-Dig Sho-Nuff.NO JOKE
Looper's FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the project.
The Spike Lee directed movie stars Josh Brolin as a man mysteriously imprisoned for over a decade, Elizabeth Olsen as a young social worker and Sharlto Copley as the antagonist. Samuel L. Jackson also recently signed on.
Hollywood Reporter describes the plot of this version:
....centers on an ad executive (Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
The manga, which is released in North America by Dark Horse, was previously filmed in an acclaimed Park Chan-wook movie.