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FilmDistrict nabs Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

Good Universe pic stars Josh Brolin

FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Good Universe’s “Oldboy,” Spike Lee’s remake of the South Korean suspenser.

Film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Producers are Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment and Nathan Kahane on behalf of Good Universe.

Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, Joe Drake of Good Universe and John Middleton are exec producing.

Mark Protosevich wrote the adapted screenplay and is co-producing. Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing for Good Universe. The film is also a 40 Acres & A Mule production.

Deal was announced Friday, second day of the Toronto Film Festival.

Story follows an advertising 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 punishment.

The original South Korean film, released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park, won the grand prize jury award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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