Lionsgate Television and renowned filmmaker Park Chan-Wook are teaming up to develop a TV series based on the acclaimed film, Oldboy. This is the first English-language series adaptation of the film. The Korean filmmaker is on a roll as of late, he also has the series The Sympathizer on HBO. Oldboy was the first South Korean film to win the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival in 2004 and is counted among the greatest films ever made.

The movie saw a re-release in theaters for its 20th anniversary last year with a brand-new restoration from NEON. It landed in the top ten at the domestic box office in its opening week, a rare feat for a re-release. It’s adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name, if you haven’t seen Oldboy, here’s a synopsis.

The film follows a man who is released from prison after 15 years, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. The film is part of Park’s Vengeance trilogy, which includes Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Here’s what Park had to say about the upcoming series.

“Lionsgate Television shares my creative vision for bringing Oldboy into the world of television. I look forward to working with a studio whose brand stands for bold, original and risk-taking storytelling.”

Scott Herbst, EVP and Head of Scripted Development at Lionsgate Television had this to say.

“Park is one of the most visionary storytellers of our generation, and we’re excited to partner with him in bringing his cinematic masterpiece to the television screen. This series adaptation of Oldboy will featurethe raw emotional power, iconic fight scenes and visceral style that made the film a classic.”

We’ll make sure to keep you updated as we get more news about this new adaptation of Oldboy.

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