Coming Soon: TV Series Based on the Legendary Korean Movie "Oldboy"

Lionsgate Television is teaming up with Park Chan-wook to develop an English-language TV adaptation of Park's cult film "Oldboy"

by Sededin Dedovic
Coming Soon: TV Series Based on the Legendary Korean Movie "Oldboy"
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Lionsgate Television has joined forces with visionary director Park Chan-wook to develop a new English-language television series based on Park's cult classic film "Oldboy." Park, who not only directed but also co-wrote the original 2003 film (itself an adaptation of the Japanese manga of the same name), will be heavily involved in the new project.

He will serve as producer alongside Sid Lim, ensuring that the essence of the original masterpiece is effectively translated to the small screen. "Oldboy" is a landmark film in the neo-noir action genre. Set in South Korea, it tells the harrowing story of Oh Dae-su (played by Choi Min-sik), a man who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned for an incredible 15 years in a cell that eerily resembles a hotel room.

Unaware of his captors or their motives, Dae-su endures a psychological torment unlike any other. The story takes a shocking turn when Dae-su is also inexplicably released. Thrust back into a world he barely recognizes, he's given a chilling ultimatum: find out why he's been locked up within five days or face dire consequences.

Driven by a relentless thirst for revenge, Dae-su embarks on a brutal and twisted search for the truth. "Oldboy" received huge critical acclaim upon its release, securing its place as one of the defining films of the 21st century.

It's a film praised for its visceral action sequences, its exploration of dark themes like revenge and isolation, and its unforgettable twist. "Park Chan-wook is a true visionary storyteller, and we are incredibly excited to partner with him to bring his cinematic masterpiece to television," said Scott Herbst, Lionsgate Television's executive vice president and head of scripted development, Variety reports.

"This 'Oldboy' adaptation will capture the raw emotional power, iconic fight scenes and visceral style that made the film a classic." The TV series "Oldboy" presents a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the rich story of the film.

The expanded format allows for a more nuanced exploration of character motivations and backgrounds, potentially adding new layers to the story. In addition, the series may explore the social and psychological consequences of Dae-su's ordeal in more detail.