A-list director Bong Joon-ho (Mother) is bringing back a couple of stars from one of his biggest hits, The Host, for his newest project, Snow Piercer, which sounds like quite the large-scale sci-fi/thriller/action venture. In it, Go Ah-sung (God of Study) and Song Kang-ho team up to play a father-daughter duo, as they did six years ago in The Host.
Snow Piercer is based on a French sci-fi graphic novel wherein passengers of a train struggle to survive in a frozen-cold world covered in snow. It also boasts an impressive international cast of actors from the States, Japan, France, and England: Attached to star are John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, and Tilda Swinton. Furthermore, director Park Chan-wook (Thirst, Oldboy) is attached to produce. So basically, it’s hipster-geek-cinephile heaven.
Normally I find media hype over these “Korean stars go Hollywood” projects to be overblown, but in this case, I’m impressed with the caliber of talent involved. And intrigued at the story; I loved The Host and how Bong managed to take a sci-fi monster movie and give it emotion and meaning.
Snow Piercer is scheduled to begin principal photography on April 16, although the production will jet to Austria at the end of March for preparatory shoots. It’ll wrap in July, and release in 2013.
Go Ah-sung and Song Kang-ho in The Host
Via Star News
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