Although there was some bad news on the sci-fi front this week with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity being delayed until 2013, principle photography did begin on Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut, Snow Piercer.
For those unfamiliar with Bong Joon-ho, he is the South Korean director responsible for the criminally underrated The Host and Memories of Murder. Snow Piercer, which has been in the planning stages for a few years now, is an adaptation of a French graphic novel called Le Transperceneige.
The sci-fi adaptation, which chronicles the struggles of a group of survivors on a train in an ice covered world, will feature a diverse cast including “Song Kang-ho, Ewan Bremner, John Hurt, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and the presence of Oldboy director Park Chan-wook as a producer” (via twitchfilm).
Along with the English language debut of fellow South Korean Jee-woon Kim, 2013 should be a good year for South Korean directors as they will finally get a chance to have their work exposed to Western audiences on a much larger scale. Really can’t wait to see Snow Piercer, especially with this cast (even though the cover of the comic makes it look like bald Hugh Laurie and bald Scarlett Johansson should have played the title roles).