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News keeps coming fast and furious concerning Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming English-language debut, “Snow Piercer”. First it was that Chris Evans will star. Then Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell hopped on board. Now the script, based on a French graphic novel (“Le Transperceneige”) and originally adapted by Bong and “Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook (who will produce the indie picture), will get a rewrite by Kelly Masterson, who penned Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”.
This sounds like a good aesthetic match to me. “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” is a tense tale of a robbery gone wrong, and escalating conflict between brothers. “Snow Piercer” is a post-apocalyptic story of an endless train ride through an ice-covered wasteland where the survivors of a devastating war try to cope and survive. That is a pressure cooker if I’ve ever seen one. Captive audience, no escape, limited space, no solitude, people all up in your business all of the time. I can feel the anxiety and strain building already, and I think that Masterson may prove to be a good choice to help crank that up a few notches, and add some quality characterization to boot. No word on whether this will be a major overhaul or a quick spit and shine job.
“Snow Piercer” is scheduled to begin production in March, though no distributor is presently in place.
Via : Variety