Over the last several months, we’ve been getting glimpses of Bong Joon-ho‘s upcoming sci-fi film, Snowpiercer. Today, the first footage has been released via an international behind-the-scenes featurette. 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 Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. The featurette is dubbed in Korean (or at least I assume it’s Korean since Joon-ho is South Korean), but you can still see that there’s going to be some action involved, especially on the part of an axe-wielding Chris Evans.
Hit the jump to check out the footage. The film also stars John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.
New images have been released from Snowpiercer, the English-language debut of Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host). 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 Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train. Appropriately, these images are in the form of Korean passports for the cast and Joon-ho.
Hit the jump to check out the passport images. The film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung. Snowpiercer currently doesn’t have a release date, so it should really get on that.
We’ve got the first official image from The Host director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer today. It features star Song Kang-ho and a collection of unhappy extras apparently passed out in the interior of a train. The sci-fi pic is during a new ice age with the world’s sole survivors living on the titular train and who struggle with the class system that arises. Snowpiercer also stars Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris in Bong’s English-language debut, which opens later this year.
We’ve also got a couple of new images from the animated Escape from Planet Earth picture, which features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini and Jessica Alba. The film opens February 14th. Hit the jump to check out all the images.
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.
Director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) English-language debut Snow Piercer has secured distribution. Per Deadline, The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller. The film boasts an excellent ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer and centers on a group of train passengers learning to co-exist in a new ice age. The ice age is a result of a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of a train called Snow Piercer, which travels the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine” The conflict in the story comes from a revolution that brews as a result of the class system that forms on the train.
Though nothing has been set in stone, Deadline adds that a wide summer release in 2013 is likely. It would be a smart move for TWC, and the intriguing concept, heady social issues, and stacked cast definitely make this one to look forward to. Click here to see what Evans had to say about the film during his recent interview with Steve.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 25th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
This past week presented me with a couple of unique moviegoing opportunities. In addition to the ParaNorman showing I previewed the last time we met, I was also able to check out one of my all-time favorites, Jaws, on the big screen thanks to Cinemark’s “Fall Classic Series”. For as much as I enjoyed the pic long before this week’s showing, I have to say that viewing it as an audience member in a packed theater for the first time opened my eyes to a whole new appreciation. Not only was I genuinely startled in a few scenes that repeat television and DVD viewings had long left me numb to, but I also came to respect Robert Shaw’s timeless turn as Quint even more than I previously had. In short, my adoration for Spielberg‘s masterpiece was not only reaffirmed, it somehow found a way to expand.
But enough about my love of all things Jaws related. This week’s Top 5 includes the news that James Gunn is in talks to direct Marvel’s intergalactic tale, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sight & Sound’s personal Top 10 lists from some of cinema’s most revered directors (Spoiler Alert: that shark movie I drooled about in the opening paragraph appears on Tarantino‘s), a new red-band trailer for John Hillcoat‘s Lawless, Disney’s plans to reboot The Rocketeer, and an animated look at how The Dark Knight Rises should have ended. A brief recap and link to each can be found after the jump.
Earlier this month, a new “official” best film of all time was announced with the unveiling of the results of Sight & Sound’s most recent poll. Every ten years, the film magazine polls a number of critics, academics, and professionals and then tallies up the results for an ultimate list. The magazine also has a poll of directors for a second Top 10 list, and now they’ve unveiled the individual directors’ lists in an effort to occupy all the free time you have today.
After the jump you can peruse personal Top 10 lists from the likes of Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Woody Allen, David O’Russell, Sam Mendes, Matthew Vaughn, Francis Ford Coppola, Marc Webb and more. Hit the jump to take a look.
We have some more casting additions to report to you today. Here are the basics:
- John Boyega (Attack the Block) will join Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun from director Biyi Bandele. Boyega is also in negotiations to topline Creeping Zero, an indie sci-fi flick from Billy O’Brien, the writer/director of Invasion.
- The post-apocalyptic train-thriller, Snow Piercer, has added Kenny Doughty (Titus) to the cast. He’s also set to make his directorial debut with the British revenge thriller, Vengeance Waits.
Hit the jump for more information on each project.
Just yesterday we brought you the news that Chris Evans (Captain America) was in talks to star in Snow Piercer, an indie drama by writer/director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and producer Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). Now it looks like Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) are also poised to star alongside the first avenger. While we don’t yet know much about the roles they are in talks for, we do know the basic plot of Snow Piercer, which follows a group of train travelers learning to co-exist in a new ice age. Production is scheduled to start in March though a distributor is not yet in place. Snow Piercer will mark the domestic directorial debut for Bong Joon-ho, whose film The Host was South Korea’s highest grossing film of all time. Hit the jump for more on Swinton and Bell.
Though he’ll next be seen as Captain America in Marvel’s The Avengers, Chris Evans is eyeing a decidedly different role. Variety reports that the actor is in negotiations to star in Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) Snow Piercer. The film is “set in a world covered in snow and ice” and follows a group of train travelers who struggle to co-exist. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is producing, and Joon-ho will be making his domestic directorial debut with the drama. The director previously talked to Steve some time ago about the project, which he revealed takes place in a new ice age.
Joon-ho’s monster movie The Host became the highest grossing South Korean film of all time and spurned talk of a Hollywood remake, so his domestic debut is a pretty big deal. Chan-wook just made his own English-language debut with the horror drama Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, which recently wrapped filming. Evans is currently shooting the crime drama The Iceman. Production on Snow Piercer will get underway in March.
The Sundance Institute has announced its juries for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. There are plenty of notable names that will judging this year’s in-competition films including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, as well as directors Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Susanne Bier (In a Better World), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Bong Joon-Ho (The Host), and Clark Gregg (Choke). Actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson (Leaves of Grass) will host the awards ceremony on January 29th.
Hit the jump for the full press release and a list of all of the jury members. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20th – 30th.
The rumor mill suggests that J.J. Abrams is planning a collaboration with Korean director Bong Joon-ho, the creative mind behind the 2007 creature feature The Host and the recent drama Mother. /Film hears that Abrams met extensively with Bong during a trip to South Korea last year, where the pair discussed a project that has so far been kept under wraps. According to the source, Abrams will produce, Bong will direct, and Hollywood will serve as production headquarters. It is not specified whether or not this would be Bong’s first English-language film, though it would be the first he made in the U.S. More after the jump:
Magnolia has now released a domestic trailer for Mother. If you’ve seen director Bong Joon-ho’s previous films (The Host, Memories of Murder) then you should already be looking forward to seeing this film in theaters when it finally gets it opens in limited release on March 13th. The film has been earning praise and winning awards while playing at film festivals around the world and if this trailer is any indication, we are in for another great film by this talented filmmaker. In case you missed it, Steve got the chance to interview Bong Joon-ho while he was at the Toronto Film Festival last year with Mother and it’s an interview worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of Joon-ho’s work.
You can watch the trailer for Mother after the jump or see it in HD over at Apple.com
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I managed to interview a ton of great filmmakers. Unfortunately, it’s taken a long time to get them all edited and online. But I’m happy to report the last interview is ready to be watched and it’s with a great filmmaker from South Korea, Bong Joon-ho. In case you don’t recognize his name, he directed a fantastic monster movie called “The Host”, and he also directed “Memories of Murder” and one of the films in “Tokyo!”. He’s a filmmaker whose work I really love and if you haven’t seen his movies, I cannot recommend them enough.
While some interviews are rushed, the one I did with Bong Joon-ho was awesome. We talked for a very long time and covered tons of subjects (listed after the jump). If you’re a fan of this great filmmaker or just curious about his new movie “Mother”, hit the jump and watch what he had to say.
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I managed to interview a ton of great filmmakers. Unfortunately, it’s taken a long time to get them all edited and online. But I am currently working on the last interview and it’s with a great filmmaker from South Korea named Bong Joon-ho. In case you don’t recognize his name, he directed a fantastic monster movie called “The Host”, and he also directed “Memories of Murder” and one of the films in “Tokyo!”. He’s a filmmaker whose work I really love and if you haven’t seen his movies, I cannot recommend them enough.
Anyway, while he was promoting his latest movie “Mother” (full interview online soon) I got some info on his next project “Snow Piercer”. According to the Joon-ho, he will be joining the ranks of filmmakers taking on the end of the world as his next film is based on a graphic novel named “Le Transperceneige” from France and it takes place in a new ice age. More after the jump: