Is Steven Spielberg’s Oldboy remake dead? Steven Spielberg remake of South Korean film Oldboy has reportedly been scrapped. Mandate Pictures and Spielberg’s own company DreamWorks were in the process of securing story rights to the movie when – according to reports – the latter “walked away”. The production companies reportedly “didn’t see eye-to-eye” on the terms of the deal. Director Chan-Wook, the original Oldboy was a dark and violent revenge tale that involves torture and murder. Spielberg was working to bring the film to a new audience with Will Smith working alongside the director.