Some of 2017 and 2018’s biggest films are prepping to film a chunk of their production in Vancouver, British Columbia later this year, and we have the details on when three highly anticipated projects will be getting started. There’s some interesting crossover here–which is really only useful for trivia and means nothing outside of that–in the fact that each of these films has a rather monstrous character at the center of all the action.
Courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada, BC (via AVPGalaxy), we have a look at the upcoming productions scheduled for the second half of 2016. Here’s a brief look at the major movie productions coming to Vancouver this year:
- Adam Wingard’s Death Note: June 29th – August 30th
- Bong Joon-ho’s Okja: July 31st – August 21st
- Shane Black’s The Predator: September 26th – December 20th
Now, for more on each film, let’s break down what we know so far.
Death Note, the big-screen, live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga series that once actually had Shane Black attached to direct at Warner Bros. before the studio dropped it. Netflix then swooped in to pick up the R-rated, mid-$40 million budget adaptation that stars Nat Wolff alongside Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers). The story centers on a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone just by writing the victim’s name in it. Though he plans to rid the world of evil, he soon becomes the target of a dogged police detective.
For our recent coverage on Death Note, get caught up at the links below:
- ‘Death Note’ Movie Heads to Netflix After Being Dropped by Warner Bros.
- Exclusive: ‘Death Note’ Movie Rating and Tone Revealed
- ‘Death Note': Nat Wolff to Lead Adam Wingard’s Manga Adaptation
- YOU’RE NEXT and THE GUEST Director Adam Wingard to Helm DEATH NOTE
The Snowpiercer writer/director’s next project, Okja, was scheduled to shoot in South Korea, Canada, and the U.S.; it looks like the Canadian branch of production will get underway later this summer. Starring Tilda Swinton, Seohyun An, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Byun Heebong, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Yoon Je Moon, and Choi Wooshik, the story centers on Mija (Seohyun An), “a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive animal named ‘Okja.’” The film is co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson.
Check out more on Okja here:
- Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Starts Filming with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal
- Paul Dano Shares His Thoughts on ‘Youth’ and ‘War and Peace’ after Playing “Save or Kill”
- Netflix Backs Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Okja’ with $50 Million
- ‘Okja': Bong Joon-ho’s Monster Movie Adds Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Bill Nighy
Fox has set The Predator, the R-rated event film for a February 9, 2018 release date, making it the only one of the three to have a locked-down date. We’re still not sure if the original star Arnold Schwarzenegger will return, but Black himself confirmed that the script is set in the present day, so it’s certainly a possibility. (I wonder what Dutch has been up to since 1987? Maybe running for political office?)
Get caught up on The Predator here:
- Fox Dates ‘Alita: Battle Angel’; Shifts ‘The Predator’ and Two Marvel Movies
- Exclusive: Shane Black Reveals When ‘The Predator’ Will Take Place
- Could Arnold Schwarzenegger Return for ‘The Predator’?