Toronto 2012: FilmDistrict Takes U.S. Distribution Rights to Spike Lee’s 'Oldboy'

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The remake of the South Korean film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

TORONTO -- FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Spike Lee’s Oldboy.

The remake of the South Korean film, which begins shooting this month in Georgia, stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

The deal comes on the heels of a reinvigorated FilmDistrict’s Toronto entrance, where its film Looper kicked off the international festival on Thursday night.

Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane. FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel and Good Universe’s Joe Drake are executive producing with John Middleton.

“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.”

Mark Protosevich adapted the screenplay and is co-producing Oldboy, which 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.

Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing for Good Universe. The film is a 40 Acres & a Mule production.

The South Korean film, which was directed by Chan-wook Park, was released in 2003 and won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.