I’ve learned that NBC, which controversially aired that multimedia package sent by gunman Cho Seung-Hui, also has in development a remake of the bloody South Korean revenge movie which obsessed him and may even have inspired him. By a weird coincidence, NBC-owned Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Oldboy two years ago. I hear there’s no director or actors yet attached to the project, only a producer. “And now, of course, we’ll be very sensitive to what we may or may not do with it,” a Uni source told me. When the Virginia Tech massacre was first linked to the movie industry, it was because of the eerie similarities in the media Cho sent to NBC News and the “art” film from his native South Korea that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. For instance, one self-shot photo of Cho is almost identical to a still from the Web site of Oldboy, down to the poses. Since then, it’s been reported that Cho used to incessantly watch the violent movie whose plot centers on a mysteriously imprisoned businessman’s decision after his release to go on a revenge rampage.
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