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Spike Lee can’t get a sequel to “Inside Man,” but he might just remake Korean revenge flick “Oldboy”

Spike Lee can’t get a sequel to “Inside Man,” but he might just remake Korean revenge flick “Oldboy” (photo)

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Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” is revered by Asian film fans, hammer enthusiasts and Virginia Tech serial killers worldwide, but the South Korean thriller could be getting an American remake by an unlikely director: Spike Lee.

Recently, Lee told Charlie Rose that the three-year gap since his last film wasn’t by choice, but rather a result of the director’s struggle to find funding in the wake of the 2008 flop, “Miracle at St. Anna.” The director added that he can’t even get studio support for a sequel to his most successful film, “Inside Man,” with stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster returning.

But while “Inside Man 2: The Squeakquel” doesn’t look like it’s going to be happening any time soon, rumors have come out that Lee might take the reigns of the long-gestating American “Oldboy.” While you were recovering from alcohol, barbecue and explosive related headaches yesterday, the fine folks at Twitch Film picked up on the rumor that Lee would helm the flick from a script by Mark Protosevich, of “Thor” and “I Am Legend” fame.

Previously, a series of directors including Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle have rumored to be considered for the remake, but clearly none of those have clicked into place. Fans of the original “Oldboy” have been wringing their hands since the first time this rumor cropped up, over concerns that an American version of the film might sanitize some of the flick’s more sensational, albeit somewhat nonsensical, elements. Now, it looks like they might also have to start worrying about whether Mars Blackmon shows up.

Would you like up for a Spike Lee-helmed remake of “Old Boy”? Tell us below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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