oldboyRoque Banos has signed on to score the upcoming English-language remake of Oldboy. The film is directed by Spike Lee (Malcolm XInside Man) and stars Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. The movie follows an advertising executive who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement and sets out to find out who held him hostage and why when he is inexplicably released. Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, Thor) wrote the screenplay based on Chan-wook Park’s acclaimed Korean film from 2003 and Roy Lee & Doug Davison (The Strangers, The Lake House) and Nathan Kahane (Juno, 50/50) are producing the project. Banos is taking over scoring duties from composer Michael Nyman who was previously writing the music for the film. Nyman stepped in as a replacement composer for Bruce Hornsby. Banos’ best known film credits include this year’s Kahane-produced Evil Dead remake, The Machinist and Sexy BeastOldboy has been pushed back since our last update to a new release date on November 27, 2013.

  1. ed says:

    Banos is a very gifted composer, whose style will surely match the tone of “OldBoy.” Now, let’s see if he can go the distance.

  2. Justin Boggan says:

    Banos is a very talented composer. So, that means his score will be rejected. According to Nyman, the producers are musically inept.

    • David says:

      Well, they can’t keep changing composers just like that. But Nyman is right, they actually rejected the score, based on demos, it wasn’t recorded.

  3. Justin Boggan says:

    Oh, they can. Some films do change composers four times.

  4. richard says:

    Bruce Hornsby is a pop artist and didn’t know how to write a score, which requires a lot of skill, knowledge, experience and technique. Nyman is a minimalist composer or sorts and while he has written “scores” they were just pieces of music accompanying movies, not really well done and functional scores. The producers here were clearly snobs and ignorant morons who don’t even understand the first thing about film scoring and were hiring people based on hype or their record, or mp3 collection. Roque Baños is not just a great composer, but an experienced film composer who will get it right if these clowns don’t mess up with his work. Baños is not yet famous here in the states because he’s a recent arrival, but he’ll do great work. These idiots don’t deserve him.