According to Deadline Josh Brolin has signed on to lead the remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller Oldboy, which has Spike Lee directing.
In the original film the story followed a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life. Back in 2008 Steven Spielberg was considering directing Will Smith in the remake, but that never happened so Mandate Pictures bought the rights and got Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) to write the script.
The aim is to begin production in March, so Brolin will likely fit it in after Gangster Squad with Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, and before Jason Reitman’s Labor Day opposite Kate Winslet.