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Dear Steven Speilberg (and really everyone),

Leave the movies already made alone.

Steven Spielberg is in talks to remake the five-year old “genius on a dvd” Korean film OldBoy and to star he wants…wait for it… Will Smith.  Yes Will Smith.

I’ve been done with Will Smith for a while.  You’ll recall my feelings about Hancock and I most definitely had a few problems with I am Legend.

Secondly,  this remake genre that has over-saturated Hollywood has quickly gone from slightly amusing (and rarely successful) to just plain irritating and, at times, infuriating and disappointing.  Spielberg is also in talks to make Ghost in the Shell into a film.

The plot of both of these movies are by no means light.  Anyone who has seen Oldboy will know there are a few things in the film that probably won’t mix well with Spielberg or Smith and their, generally, wholesome movie-making habits.


Lets see, there’s:

  • Eating live octopus (which Buddhist star, Choi Min-sik, had to pray about afterwards)
  • The violence (including an amazing fight in a hallway that Choi Min-Sik’s character getting stabbed in the back and continuing to fight.
  • And, oh yeah, the incest.

This either means Spielberg will keep it in and, no doubt, screw it up by upsetting an American audience not accustom to such storylines or take it out and screw it up by betraying the original film.  The movie doesn’t need to be remade.  Period.

  1. November 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    CANDICE! What about The Ring? Did you like that remake? or The Departed? I thought they weren’t terrible. I thought The Ring remake was a major upgrade (an upgrade to WHITE PEOPLE, jk, jk) but seriously, the shots used in The Ring was a major upgrade.

  2. November 18, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    True good movie but generally I think there has been a bit of overkill in remaking movies instead of focusing on original material and storytelling.

  3. Keith Menzie
    November 18, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Originally Justin Lin of Better Luck Tomorrow fame was supposed to direct the remake, but got into arguments with producers about how to approach the material (he was okay with an NC-17 rating, them not so much.) Might explain why it got into Spielberg’s hands, but that’s still kind of ridiculous.

    I’m in agreement with the film remake fiasco that’s currently occurring. I just don’t really have an answer to it other than slapping film executives on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

  4. anne
    November 19, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    yeah, i really don’t see american mass audiences being OK w/ a spielberg movie w/ incest. i’m surprised here aren’t boycotts already. violence i think they coudl handle (didn’t old boy inspire kill bill), but the incest i can’t see them seeing past.

  5. August 21, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    A little late on commenting on this but I thought I should add in that WHY would there be a problem with incest when in fact, it’s not really incest ANYWAYS… That’d be like suggested “pedofilia” when the actors or actresses playing “teens” are actually of age… It’s ridiculous. People need to remember, it’s only a movie, and for that matter, I think all directors and producers should cease making movies until American audiences can come to terms with their own realities first.

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