Hyun Bin reunites with Confidential Assignment director for zombie sageuk film
After the success of his latest film Confidential Assignment, it’s no wonder that Hyun Bin is opting to stay in the movie business for now (his last drama was 2015’s Hyde, Jekyll, Me). He recently confirmed to star in a new action zombie movie called Rampant, which is set to start filming later this year.
Rampant tells the action story of a hero named Yi Chung (to be played by Hyun Bin) who fights against “Night Demons” to save the Joseon nation. Yi Chung is the son of the king, and the greatest martial artist in the world. Although he is given to the Qing Empire as a political hostage, he returns home when his brother, the Crown Prince Yi Young, calls him back after many years. And it’s because of the nightmarish monsters plaguing the country that Yi Chung is tasked to destroy.
This will be a reunion project for Hyun Bin with Director Kim Sung-hoon, whom he worked with before in his most recent movie Confidential Assignment. But although the action element may still be there, the story, genre, and style looks like it’s going to be completely different. Next Entertainment World (NEW) which has been the driving investing force behind blockbusters like Pandora and Train to Busan is also going to be Rampant’s primary backer.
I wonder if this is going to be a continuing trend—mixing CGI supernatural fantasy with sageuks. There’s been Records of a Night Watchman, Scholar Who Walks the Night, and upcoming zombie sageuk Kingdom. I really like the concept, but the execution so far hasn’t been too stellar. Hopefully, the successful dynamic duo Hyun Bin and Director Kim will be able to pull it off.
Epic action film Rampant will begin filming at the end of this year.
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