The movie biz trade mags are now reporting that Spike Lee's adaptation of manga Oldboy has been given a release date.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will premiere October 11, 2013, where it will be up against Tom Hank's Captain Phillips and the 3D version of Revenge of the Sith.
In the American version of the psycho-thriller manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, previously adapted into an acclaimed Korean feature by Park Chan-wook, Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) plays an advertising executive locked in a private prison for 20 years. Sharlto Copley (District 9) is the mysterious antagonist, while Elizabeth Olsen plays a social worker.
The Eisner Award-winning manga has been released in North America by Dark Horse.
Meanwhile, Hollywood.com has posted a revealing conversation with Gary Powell, the stunt coordinator on Keanu Reeves's 3D samurai epic 47 Ronin. Regarded as a national legend, the tragedy informed Japanese notions of samurai ethics. Statements suggest that the Hollywood version is going to be bit more fantasy.
Hollywood.com notes that early buzz on the film hasn't been exactly positive. There's been talk of production problems, reshoots, and a complete footage blackout.
Powell is more positive about the fix-up work. "It was a quick couple of weeks reshoot, story points and all that. It will make the film better. I have not seen it, but all the visual effects people [say] there are a hell of a lot of visual effects. But it looks really nice."
Odd for a film ostensibly based on a fictionalized true story. Powell mentions "[There is] a lot of fighting. We have a pretty good horse chase at the start of it, with this mystical creature. Keanu did a lot of action on that."
And, while he insists that the action is more realistic than most movies produced by Hollywood, he also says that there are "a few sweeteners in there for the kids," comparing it to anime, with features like an eight-foot samurai.
After several delays, the movie is currently scheduled for December 25, 2013.