FilmDistrict gains rights to Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

by Alexandra Fraioli on September 17, 2012

Spike Lee’s latest project, a remake of the 2003 South Korean suspense thriller Oldboy, has recently announced that FilmDistrict will have US distribution rights.  FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel, Good Universe’s Joe Drake and John Middleton will produce, while Mark Protosevich, who wrote the adapted screenplay, will co-produce.

“Spike Lee is the right filmmaker to reimagine and put his touch onto arguably one of the most talked about thrillers in recent memory,” said Schlessel. “The cast that he and producers Nathan, Joe, Roy and Doug have put together is sure to elevate the material and engage audiences. FilmDistrict is proud to be releasing one of the first films from Good Universe here in the U.S.”

Oldboy, currently shooting in New Orleans, features Josh Bronlin, who plays an ad executive held hostage for no apparent reason for over 20 years. Upon his release, he tries to uncover why he was trapped for so long but soon realizes he is in the midst of a bigger conspiracy than he first realized.