Gore Verbinski Producing The Host Remake for Universal
by Alex Billington
November 18, 2008
We knew this was coming. Universal Pictures is remaking Bong Joon-ho's 2006 Korean monster movie The Host (aka Gwoemul). First-time feature filmmaker Fredrik Bond is set to direct, with Mark Poirier (Smart People) penning the script, and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski producing. While Bond hasn't directed a feature film yet, he has directed numerous commercials (of which you can see a few of over on SlashFilm) and seems to at least get the idea of the film: "It processes a few genres together, and visually it feels close to the stuff I've made over the last few years in commercials, the tonality of humor and the scale." I hope that means they won't butcher this remake in its Americanized adaptation.
Not that this is uncommon, but The Host is one of those films that I really felt already surpassed normal Hollywood standards (unlike films like Day the Earth Stood Still that could use an update). Its effects were great, the story was fantastic, the acting was phenomenal, so there really is no need for a remake! But alas, that's what Hollywood does, they take everything and remake or reboot it. If you haven't ever seen The Host, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right away. As long as you watch it with English subtitles (and not dubbed - a nod to a friend who forgot to do so) you'll end up loving it. As for this reboot, thankfully I've got some faith in Verbinski and Bond doesn't seem that bad either. Maybe it'll turn out good?