Lee Je-hoon to reunite with Bleak Night director
Okay, I’m almost scared for this reunion. The last time that Lee Je-hoon (Phantom Detective, Signal) and writer-director Yoon Sung-hyun teamed up, my heart got shredded and stomped on and now all that remains is a hollow shell. That’s kind of what watching Bleak Night does to you, which I absolutely say with love because it’s one of my favorite movies; it’s just not a happy movie. The film about three teens whose friendship goes tragically awry was also the cult hit indie film that put Lee Je-hoon on the map and earned him New Actor awards at both the Daejongs and the Blue Dragons that year, so this is definitely a reunion to watch out for.
Their new project is still in the early stages of development, but they’re working on a film called Hunting Time, described as a blood-splattering thriller about someone who’s being chased, and the person chasing them. Yoon Sung-hyun is set to write and direct, and is currently consulting with Lee Je-hoon while in the early stages of scriptwriting.
Lee Je-hoon’s agency stated that it’s too early in the process to declare this his next project, but Lee is working on it with the director in the planning, and his agency is investing in the production. So it’s more a question of when the project will be made, rather than if he’ll star.
I don’t know that I’m as excited about the idea of a thriller, since what I loved about the dark, gritty, and painfully realistic Bleak Night was its thoughtful characterization and spare directing. But I do trust this writer-director to create a sense of unease and danger, and I can see it being a mystery with dark, chilling characters. Whatever they come up with, I’m sure I’ll be on pins and needles to see it.
Hunting Time is still in development, and will hopefully cast and shoot soon.
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