Bong Joon-ho’s Follow-Up To Snowpiercer Okja Is Coming

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Back in 2013, a divine little sleeper of a movie was released called Snowpiercer.

Directed by Bong Joon-ho it was his first English language film, and was a sci-fi thriller starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. It was about the last survivors of planet earth aboard an eternal train. If you haven’t seen it, then I strongly suggest you go check it out.

Now the South Korean director and Tilda Swinton are set to reunite with his new Netflix original film, Okja.

The movie is began filming Friday of  last week, and is described as a multilingual monster movie. The thriller is set to be about a young girl who tries to save her best friend, who is in fact a huge animal, from a powerful company.  

That’s about as much of the plot as anyone can find out for the time being. 

Okja will also star Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Billy Nighy as well as The 1oo’s Devon Bostick and Steven Yuen from The Walking Dead. Given that it’s bilingual, then we can assume that some of the other lead characters will be Korean actors. Listed in the credits are Hie-bong Byeon and Je-mun Yun who have both worked with Bong on previous projects 

In a statement from Joon-ho, he said: “With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,”

Bong is producing alongside Brad Pitt, as well as Dede Gardner, Kim, Doohoo Choi, and Woo-sik Seo.

Snowpiercer was, as we mentioned, Bong’s first English-language film. He has previously had success within his home country with 2003’s Memories of Murder, 2006’s The Host, and 2009’s Mother.

Okja is set to arrive on Netflix in 2017. It is rumoured to also have a limited U.S. theatrical release.

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