Rumor: JJ Abrams is Producing Bong Joon-ho's First US Film?

August 5, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

Bong Joon-ho

Now here's a rumor I really hope turns out to be true! SlashFilm's Adam Quigley reports a rumor he's heard from one of his inside sources that filmmaker J.J. Abrams (who needs no introduction) is potentially going to be collaborating with Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, director of The Host, Memories of Murder, and Mother. They've heard that Abrams visited Korea last year and has "extensive meetings with Bong" and will be collaborating with him on his first US film following completion of Snow Piercer (the sci-fi graphic novel adaptation we've written about before). This awesome news (for me at least) and I really hope it's all true!

You see, Bong Joon-ho is currently one of my very favorite filmamkers, I've loved every one of his movies, I think he has an incredibly beautiful style and storytelling ability, and I've been anxious to see him work on Snow Piercer, but this would top that. Joon-ho has been resistant to working in Hollywood for a while (he even talked about that in my interview with him earlier this year) but I definitely think Abrams is someone who could convince him. Not only does he probably admire his work as much as I do, but he'll give him the complete freedom and control he wants/needs when making his films. This is a true movie geek pipe dream.

Unfortunately there's no word on what the film is or what it will even be about. Additionally, it's still just an unconfirmed rumor, so don't get too excited for this collaboration yet, since it could be a hoax or the details could be a bit off. Plus, Joon-ho has previously stated that Snow Piercer probably won't be ready until 2012, so it'll be a while before this even comes together anyway. But we'll keep you updated on anything we hear!

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    WOW. thank you for posting this Alex, and sharing your love for Bong Joon-ho. He's such a great filmmaker and I've been in love with his cinema since I saw "Memories of Murder" 6 or 7 years ago at and Asian film fest here in Los Angeles. He is a director of such great and varied talents...visually his films are very unique, with beautiful cinematography that highlights the mundane cities or townships he films in and makes them extraordinary and unique. I love how he constantly chooses the most unlikeable characters to be his main characters, from "Murders", to "Mother"...and he makes them lovable in all of their sometimes idiotic and pedstrian behaviors that would normally make us cringe or loathe them...he brings the heart to them where they would otherwise be ignored in other films... Honestly I love his movies because they are both dark and gritty and also exceptionally funny. No one does comedy like Bong Joon-ho
  • sfasfs
    Korean Christopher Nolan. Give him the keys to the Batman franchise after Nolan leaves!
  • M
    Bong Joon-ho and Chan Woo Park are two awesome and underrated foreign directors. I like their style. Oldboy was an excellent film by Park and so was Mother by Bong. I keep hearing that Memories of Murder is good but haven't gotten around to seeing it as yet.
  • Linkfx
    Memories of Murder is great, truly. You must see it.
  • Eli
    Anything involving Abrams is good news. Haven't seen any of this guy's work. I will check it out.
  • #1 - No problem! I love Bong Joon-ho, one of my favorites, can't mention him enough. I'll take every opportunity I can't to put him out there even more and hopefully get a few more people to watch his films, as they're all fantastic. You're right, no one does "comedy" like Bong Joon-ho, that's for sure!




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