Remember how awesome Snowpiercer was? Of course you do. And in case you forgot, get thee to Netflix!
Well, Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho is gearing up for his follow-up Okja, a monster movie that’ll star Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy and SWINTON. Sounds like a great start, but the imagination of Joon-ho demanded much more than the $40 million budget of his last film. (And yes, it’s completely nuts Snowpiercer was made for just $40 million.)
Thankfully, Netflix is shelling out $50 million to give this visionary filmmaker the budget he needs, while Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company has promised Joon-ho the “complete creative freedom” he demands.
And that’s got us all like:
This is a smart move on Netflix’s part. For one thing, it deepens their business bond with Plan B, whom they gave $60 million for the in-the-works military satire War Machine. Secondly, financing the film of South Korea’s most buzzed about auteur is a great way to introduce Netflix to the nation, where the streaming service will be debuting next year. Third, I can’t be the only one who keeps re-streaming Snowpiercer, because it is perpetually in their “Popular On” line-up. And lastly, this good news softens the blow that will surely be Adam Sandler’s Netflix-produced The Ridiculous Six. Yeah, that’ll be hot garbage. But know that your monthly fee is also helping to bring a sure-to-be stellar monster movie into existence.
Like Joon-ho’s mind-blowing breakout The Host, Okja will center on a girl and a monster. But this time, rather than being about the child’s capture, and her family’s desperate bid to rescue her from the vicious beast, Okja will have its girl and creature become friends before setting forth on an “adventure across [their] tough world.” The film is set in New York City and South Korea, so we expect to hear updates on casting (and the possible inclusion of recurring collaborators Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-Sung) soon.
Okja will roll into production early next year, and is expected to hit theaters in 2017. There’s no word on when it might hit Netflix’s streaming service.