THE MOVIE: Bong Joon-ho (The Host) is directing Snowpiercer, his first English-language film, an adaptation of the French comic Le Transperceneige (Snow Piercer). The story follows the last survivors of a new ice age as they travel aboard a train. A high profile international cast includes Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), John Hurt (The Immortals), and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin).
Updates: Beyond Hollywood notes that Park Chan-wook of Oldboy fame is on board as producer. Kelly Masterson, writer of Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, will do a rewrite of the Snow Piercer script before the film goes into production in March. The Help’s Octavia Spencer has joined the cast.
Film Business Asia reports that Dutch actress Emma Levie has joined the cast. Main production on the film has officially gotten underway in the Czech Republic, following some preliminary shooting in Austria back in March.
Twitch Film reports on budget woes for Bong Joon-ho’s film. Production company CJ Entertainment, the largest movie studio in Korea, has pumped another $40 million into Snow Piercer‘s budget - making this their most expensive endeavor yet. Considering that the director of The Host is behind the camera, working with international talent like Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans, our guess is that Snow Piercer will be worth the investment.
According to Indiewire, The Weinstein Company has acquired US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zeland and South Africa rights to Snowpiercer. Anticipate a Summer 2013 release.
The teaser poster has been released. While you’re at it, check out a sample of the soundtrack, by Marco Beltrami (2011′s The Thing). Take a peak at the first image from Snowpiercer, featuring Song Kang-ho (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), courtesy of Twitch. | Here’s the first poster. | Head over to Collider for a pack of new promotional photos. | Check out all the Snowpiercer posters at impawards.com.
BREAKING NEWS: A 1-minute ‘behind the scenes’ featurette is online now.