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Okay, the more news that surfaces about “Snow Piercer”, the upcoming English-language debut from Korean director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host”, “Mother”), the more excited I get. Not only does it team Bong with countryman Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”, “Lady Vengeance”), who will produce the picture, but Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, and Tilda Swinton are all set to appear in the post-apocalyptic indie film. Now there’s one more name to get stoked about: John Hurt.
That’s right, the Elephant Man, Ollivander, Winston Smith, and so many more great characters, is joining the “Snow Piercer” party. Oh yeah, just in case you forgot, Hurt was also in “Alien”. Never a bad thing.
While talking to The Telegraph about “Sailcloth”, a short film he appears in, the venerable Brit dropped a quick nugget about “Snow Piercer”, and working with Bong. He said, “All the film crew refer to him, with great reverence, as ‘Director Bong’. I love the fact that I am working for Director Bong.” So do I, John Hurt, so do I.
“Snow Piercer” is based on a French graphic novel and takes place on a train that endlessly circles a snow and ice covered wasteland. The passengers, the remnants of a devastating conflict, have to figure out how to live together and survive stuck in such a confined space.
Reports on “Snow Piercer” just keep getting better and better. So far there’s nothing I don’t like (Evans is a question mark, but I’m not anti that choice by any means). It sounds like a great potential story, rich with thematic elements that are right up both Bong and Park’s alleys, with what is shaping up to be a stellar cast. Filming on “Snow Piercer” is scheduled to begin in March, and we’ll see how the whole thing develops.
Via : The Telegraph