FilmDistrict will release Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” domestically on Oct. 11, 2013 — making it the first title set for release on that date.
“Oldboy” stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson. FilmDistrict picked up U.S. rights during the Toronto Film Festival last month.
Pic follows the story of 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 only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
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. The film is also a 40 Acres & A Mule production.
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.