Plot Details Revealed for The Host Prequel
Although a director has not been announced, the sequel to The Host is making quite a bit of progress, with plans to start filming this summer. The Host 2, as it's tentatively being called, is not a sequel but rather a prequel, and Korea-based production company Chungeorahm Film has released new information about the upcoming project. The company states that this prequel is "very likely to feature as much serious political and social subtext as the previous film" and also feature "multiple monsters" as opposed to just the one seen in The Host.
The Host 2 is being written by well-known comic artist Kang Full and will take place at Cheonggye Stream, a creek running through the downtown of Seoul that leads to the Han River (where The Host takes place). "The story is set in 2003 when the restoration was at an early stage. Principal characters, such as street vendors, demolition contractors, and policemen are involved with the disorder and conflict caused by the restoration—one of which is, or course, the monsters from underground."
Screenwriter Kang Full describes his effort with this sequel, saying, "I wanted to maintain the grace of the original film and to overcome the difficulties and limitations a sequel could have." Included with the press release was a concept art sketch, which can be seen below, of a scene where a forklift driver blocks a monster that is trying to climb to the surface from underground. The film is aiming for release in the summer of 2009 and will likely have a budget bigger than the first.
The Host was one of my favorite foreign films of 2007, and was included as one of they key 19 movies that no one saw in 2007. Kang was spot on in describing it as "graceful", because it certainly was. There were so many great moments that would normally never be found within a monster movie, and that's what made it stand out so much. Thankfully the sequel isn't being Hollywood-ized, given its still being put together in Korea, and with that I'm quite excited to see what they whip up next.