FilmDistrict has acquired the distribution rights to Oldboy, director Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of the South Korean revenge thriller, and with the announcement arrives the first official synopsis.
According to TheWrap, the film follows an advertising executive (Josh 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 (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.
Anime News Network notes two changes from Park Chan-Wook’s celebrated 2003 original: the number of years Brolin’s character was imprisoned, and the occupation of Olsen’s character. Oldboy is based on the manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.