Will Smith and Steven Spielberg are reportedly planning to collaborate on a Hollywood remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 thriller Oldboy. Sorry, but I just don't see it.
The scene in which Min-sik Choi beats off an army of bad guys wielding nothing but a hammer? Yes, Smith could definitely pull that off. He was born to pull stuff like that off.
The live octopus-eating bit? OK, sure. I wouldn't expect Smith to eat a live animal, but you can fake it and no harm done.
But the ending? Can you actually imagine Smith as Oldboy's protagonist during the last 5-10 minutes of the movie? I hope I'm wrong - I'd be interested to see a Spielberg redo of this one, just for the hell of it - but I can't picture Smith playing this character during the final scenes of the film. Stars of his magnitude have a certain screen persona to protect, and as good of an actor as he is, I don't think he'd be willing to go there.