First Teaser Poster and Concept Art for Bong Joon-ho’s SNOWPIERCER; Plus Snippet from the Score

     January 2, 2013

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Snowpiercer is flying under the radar at the moment, but I can’t wait to see what happens when the trailer drops.  The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  That’s almost too much premise, but the man in charge is Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho.  Bong has shown a skilled hand with extraordinary story beats over his last two features, Mother and The Host, and hired the kind of balanced ensemble a director must dream of for his English-language debut: Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.

Tonight we get our first taste of Snowpiercer.  Check out the first teaser poster, some concept art, and a clip from the score after the jump.

Thanks to The Film Stage for finding this material on a Korean site devoted to Snowpiercer.  Here is a bit of the score by Marco Beltrami to listen to as you scroll:

Evans explained to us why you should be excited in a recent interview:

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“It takes place in the future.  The whole world was frozen over and all of society lives on a train.  It is kind of like an allegory for social classes and class warfare.  The poorest people are in the back of the train and as you move forward in the train the classes rise.  And there is a revolt, a revolution from the people in the back to the front of the train…

Director Bong has storyboards laid out so that…he has already edited it in his brain.  For example, we will shoot the first line on you.  We will shoot the second line on me.  We will shoot the third line over here and you say, ‘Wait a minute.  Don’t you want the whole scene here?’ and he is like. ‘No.  Don’t need it.’  He has already committed to an edit.  It is brilliant.  It is borderline genius.  It’s like building a house and instead of needing a bag of nails, it is like saying, ‘I need 53 nails.’  It is literally committing to a vision ahead of time.  The trust that you feel is like, ‘God, this guy is operating on another plane.’  And I completely surrendered to it.  You just completely commit to his vision and trust that he knows exactly what he is doing because he does.”

A release date has not been set, but The Weinstein Company is expected to schedule a wide release in Summer 2013.

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  • Arnyx

    Awesome teaser. . . Let it roll :-)

  • whatever

    You might have bothered to mention that it is based on a graphic novel…

  • Sugreev2001

    I’m a big fan of Joon-Ho Bong.Loved both Mother and The Host,hopefully this will be as awesome.

    • potterboy

      see Memories of Murder aswell. it’s one of the best crime films i’ve seen. equal to the greatness of Fincher’s Zodiac(which in its own owes a lot to Memories of Murder)

  • murphyslaw

    Loving Beltrami’s score, the part when it picks up is definitely getting a public debut in the trailer whenever it drops (hopefully soon). The concept art is cool too.

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  • marshfield

    What a weird and wonderful situation. Between this, Stoker and The Last Stand the Koreans are looking to kick some ass this year.
    Question for the geekiest among us – have multiple directors from the same non-english speaking country ever made for a hollywood moment such as this? The closest thing I can think of is the german and jewish emigration pre-WWII. Everyone from Fritz Lang to Billy Wilder.

  • Livy

    So these people can invent a perpetual motion machine but not decent accommodations after the climate has changed. Right… With all energy supply problems solved, you think they could have thought of something better to do with it.

    • IsThisIt

      This responsible citizen just found the first plot hole in cinema.

      Let’s stop making movies. The jig is up.

  • Evan

    One of my top five most anticipated for next year. The score sounds incredible.

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