With news breaking this morning that Song Joong Ki is in talks to headline acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s next domestic film tentatively titled Sea Fog, I think it’s safe to say he’s not doing another drama before he enlists in the military. In fact, if he does sign on to this movie (and he would be crazy loco to pass this opportunity up), he will probably end up enlisting next year as the movie isn’t slated to start principal filming until the end of 2013. Bong Joon Ho is one of South Korea’s most critically talented and commercially successful directors – I’ve loved his Memories of Murder, The Host, and Mother, all of which went on to win awards and rake in the dough at the box office. The Host is especially all sorts of entertaining while the other two veer much darker and make for thoughtful consideration after viewing. Bong Joon Ho has worked with one of South Korea’s biggest movie stars Song Kang Ho numerous times, and he’s in fact joining an eclectic and talented US cast in Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming US film Snowpiercer which will premiere this Summer (check out the awesome stills and first teaser below). But he’s also got an eye for finding the talented pretty boys, picking Won Bin to star in Mother and break out of his flower boy image, and now he’s eyeing Song Joong Ki to play the role of a stowaway. Sea Fog is based on a 2007 play drawing from real life events in 2001 when a group of Koreans living in China stowaway on a fishing vessel headed back to Korea. Along the way they encounter tempestuous weather, the maritime police hot on their tails, and enduring a gradual suffocation as they are locked in the hold. The movie is in hot hands not just with the leading man and the director, its also being distributed by N.E.W., which already hit three jackpots recently with Miracle in Cell No. 7, The New World, and Pieta.
Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer is scheduled for a late Summer 2013 release. Based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Song Kang Ho, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Tilda Swinton, when Bong Joon Ho first read the graphic novel he showed it to fellow director and good friend Park Chan Wook who also loved the idea of social classification and survival on a train.
First look at Snowpiercer: