American Oldboy remake plans put on hold while parents argue over contracts


Steven Spielberg has gone up to his room and shut his door, trying to drown out the noise of Futabasha and Show East bickering back and forth. The two companies both hold major stakes in the Old Boy property: Futabasha is the publisher of the original manga (Dark Horse is the US publisher of it), while Show East is the producer behind the hit film directed by Chan-wook Park.

The argument goes as such: Futabasha is suing Show East for a breach of contract, thus nullifying their agreements. While the article doesn't go into specifics, I'm assuming the disagreement stems over whether or not Show East had the rights to sub-license the IP out to America. Contract laws are so fun -- especially when dealing with things internationally.

Anyways, a little bit of the background on this piece is that word was kicked up back in September when word was floating about that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were talking about collaborating on the piece, but the catch was that they wanted to do a remake of the manga -- not the film. So, how do you solve this problem? Let Mommy and Daddy fight it out.

Now let's see if Futabasha starts drinking more, and Show East shows up one day with some mysterious bruises. 

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