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.
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.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Tom Hollander (Hanna) is joining Ralph Fiennes in The Invisible Woman, the story of the secret love affair between Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and his mistress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). Empire reports that Hollander will be playing Dickens’ friend and frequent collaborator Wilkie Collins. The author co-wrote The Frozen Deep with Dickens, and it was on that production that Dickens first met Nelly, who was a theater actress. Fiennes is directing the pic, making it his follow-up after his directorial debut Coriolanus. Hollander is probably best known for the Pirates of the Caribbean films, but I thought he was incredible in last year’s underrated Hanna. Fiennes has assembled himself an exciting cast (Kristin Scott Thomas will play Dickens’ wife) and I’m excited to see the film come together. Production is set to start in April.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the sci-fi thriller Snow Piercer starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.
Bong Joon-Ho’s (The Host) sci-fi thriller Snow Piercer is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated projects heading into production. The premise is beyond cool (a group of train passengers learn to co-exist in a new ice age), the cast is excellent (Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, and John Hurt), and now Joon-Ho is adding another Oscar-nominee to his roster. Heat Vision reports that Octavia Spencer, who is the current frontrunner in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her work in The Help, has joined the cast of Snow Piercer.
Furthermore, Heat Vision’s report adds a few more intriguing details regarding the film’s premise. The Ice Age setting 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. The train 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, and Spencer will play a passenger who joins the revolt in order to save her son. In short, Snow Piercer sounds fantastic and Spencer makes a much-welcomed addition to the cast.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, the cast for Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) thriller Snow Piercer has gained yet another stellar actor. In an interview with The Telegraph (via The Playlist), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) revealed that he has joined the cast of the apocalyptic pic. Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell are set to star in the film as a group of train travelers learning to co-exist in a new ice age. Production is scheduled to get underway in March, and Snow Piercer is already shaping up to be one of my most anticipated projects of 2013.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie dubstep thriller (that’s right) Snap.
We last checked in with the feature adaptation of Jeff Smith‘s comic Bone in 2009, when producer Dan Lin explained his plans for the property. There is some new movement on the project, as Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith has signed on to adapt the script, stepping in for Justin Monjo. I love Greek for the mature, heartfelt treatment of its core characters. Smith’s ambitions always exceeded the connotations of an ABC Family program, so I’m excited to see what he can do with a movie script. The comic follows three Bone family cousins—”small, bald, and humanlike creatures with big noses”—who live with a girl and her grandmother in a valley that is menaced by the evil Lord of the Locusts. P.J. Hogan (Confessions of a Shopaholic) will direct Bone. Heat Vision implies that Hogan will polish the script, then head back home to Australia to direct.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of Bone, plus details on the new writer hired to help craft characters for Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell in Snow Piercer.
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 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: