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There's A Sudden Flood Of Spike Lee Joints Coming Our Way: Oldboy Remakes And Mookie Returns?

By TK Burton | Industry | July 11, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Industry | July 11, 2011 |

Oh, Spike Lee. Despite your hatred of my favorite basketball team, you recent spate of crap movies (not counting your documentaries, which have ranged from solid to excellent), and your… unusual fashion sense, I can’t seem to quit you. I’ve forgiven forgotten Miracle At Saint Anna, and I gave Inside Man more credit than it probably deserved. But this?

This is where you officially begin to play with fire, good sir.

Because it’s now official, confirmed, written in Hollywood plastic — Spike Lee is going to direct the Oldboy remake. Mark Protosevich wrote the screenplay, and he’s a man with a decent resume, though there are certainly a couple of creaky choices — his credits include Thor, I Am Legend, Poseiden, and The Cell. Regardless, people are gonna be up in arms no matter who directs it, simply because most people don’t want it to be made in the first place. Well, at the very least it’ll be interesting to see where Lee takes it.

In other Spike Lee news, Blackfilm is reporting that Lee has another NYC-set movie, and will be acting in it once again — reprising the role of Mookie, his character from Do The Right Thing (one of my all-time favorites), the film that basically put him on the map. The movie will be called Red Hook Summer, and will be about a man “from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY.”

That’s all that’s known for the moment, but Lee began shooting today, so news should be forthcoming soon.

As is always the case with Lee… it’s certainly interesting, no matter how it turns out.

Now if only he’d give up on the Knicks.

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