Spielberg's Will Smith collab not a remake of Oldboy

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Or so says Smith, who talked to Film School Rejects about the new film. “We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material,” he told the website. “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.”

Although the idea of a "new adaptation" of source material can be a studio ruse to get around the remake stigma, it makes plenty of sense in this case, since the original Oldboy is among the least multiplex-friendly movies in recent history (or, you know, ever). The skeleton of the plot is said to be the same—man is imprisoned for a number of years without explanation and afterward seeks revenge—with major divergences toward the final act, right around the time the film Oldboy goes totally mad.

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