Filmmaker Spike Lee has been getting the attention of audiences since 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It, but for his latest film he took on a decidedly different challenge: mounting a remake of Park Chan-wook’s revenge classic Oldboy. Starring Josh Brolin as a man who finds himself mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years, the new film is an English-language reimagining of a film that’s held dear by fans. We spoke with Lee about the challenges of taking on such a beloved film, what it was like working with Brolin, and his recent foray into online crowdfunding.

This is the first time you’ve done a remake of an existing film. What was it about Oldboy that inspired you to take it on?

Great film, great director, and a chance to work with Josh Brolin. And I had not done a reinterpretation before.