Spike Lee is reported to be looking into calling the shots on the proposed remake of Korean thriller Old Boy.
As reported by Twitch.com, the Oscar-nominated director of Do The Right Thing and He Got Game is in talks to take over the remake from Will Smith and Steven Spielberg.
In 2002, Spike Lee lambasted Will Smith for his role in the movie The Legend Of Bagger Vance, viewing the film as whitewashing history.
At a time where black men were being “castrated and lynched left and right”, Lee said: “With all that going on, why are you fucking trying to teach Matt Damon a golf swing?”
Smith was recently attached to star in Quentin Tarantino‘s latest, Django Unchained, but instead, the lead role has gone to Jamie Foxx. There is no word whether Spike Lee is looking to keep Will Smith attached.
The Oldboy remake is being overseen by Mandate Pictures.
Twitch.com also reports that Mark Protosevich, writer of the Will Smith hit I Am Legend, is set to write the project.