Producer Roy Lee on Old Boy and Battle Royale

One of them is the Old Boy remake, to be directed by Spike Lee and starring Josh Brolin. “We are planning to shoot ‘Old Boy’ in March and that should start pre-production in late January,” he said. “This is a brand new script by Mark Protosevich. It is very similar to the film, but Protosevich has added new elements that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but eventually go in the same direction. The ending will be something audiences–especially fans of the original movie–will be very happy with. Some may consider it a bit darker.”

He added that “there’s going to be a different interpretation of the hallway scene that is hopefully going to be Spike’s signature moment in the movie that he wants to show in a way that has never been seen in an action movie.”

As far as a remake of Battle Royale, it doesn’t look likely with The Hunger Games film franchise starting.

“Hunger Games took a lot of wind out of the sails of [a U.S. version of Battle Royale] because of its similar storyline and so I’m not exactly sure any studio–even before ‘Hunger Games’–would have taken the creative risks you would have needed to take to make the movie right now so would be even harder,” he said.

You can see what he had to say about a Poltergeist reboot here and more films in “The Ring” and “The Grudge” franchises here.