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