Here’s an interesting bit of news to kick off your Friday the 13th weekend. Park Chan-wook, director of “Oldboy”, “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”, and “Lady Vengeance” (AKA “The Vengeance Trilogy”), and Bong Joon-ho, helmer of “The Host” (maybe the best giant monster movie in recent memory), are teaming up for a film called “Snow Piercer”. This is like a power team of badass Korean movie makers, and they are talking to none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans, to star.
“Snow Piercer” is “set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist.” Park will produce, while Bong will handle the directorial duties, though the two collaborated on the script. That isn’t a lot to go on, but in these very capable hands, this is premise holds quite a bit of potential. “Snow Piercer” is slated to begin filming this March.
This will be the US debut for Bong. Meanwhile, Park’s “Stoker”, his first foray into English language film, is in post-production and should, in theory, be released in 2012. “Stoker” stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska. Both of these directors have particular styles that aren’t necessarily ready made for Hollywood. Their films tend towards measured, deliberate pacing with gradual builds, not the fast paced tempos usually embraced by wide American audiences. I’m curious to see how their Western introductions will go. Will they alter their styles to match American expectations, will they stick with their own approaches, or will the two sides meet somewhere in the middle? Like I said, it will be interesting to watch. “Snow Piercer”, at least, is described as an “indie” film, and Park has a certain amount of renown in film circles (as many of you know “Oldboy” is getting a well-publicized American remake with Spike Lee directing and Josh Brolin in the lead role), so hopefully they will be able to make the movies they want to make.
Via : Variety