Lee comes out of hiatus to helm Mandate Pictures' remake of South Korean thriller
Mark Protosevich has adapted the script; Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing through Vertigo Entertainment and 40 Acres & A Mule Prods. Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce. Asian movie blog Twitchfilm.com was first to report that Lee was in early talks, but no offer had been made at the time and Mandate was still considering a handful of a directors — including Mark Romanek. An “Oldboy” remake has been a high priority at Mandate for some time, with Steven Spielberg at one point eyeing it to direct and Will Smith circling to star. When Spielberg and Smith moved on, the project went under the radar as Mandate began searching for new candidates. Lee, repped by CAA, has not directed a feature since Touchstone’s “Miracle at St. Anna” in 2008. Lee has also signed on to direct and exec produce a drama pilot for HBO, “Da Brick,” loosely based on the life of Mike Tyson.