Weinstein Co. to Release Bong Joon-ho's Post-Apoc 'Snow Piercer'
Some good news for fans of South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (of Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother). The Weinstein Company has preemptively acquired distribution rights for Bong's new film Snow Piercer, his English-language debut adapting the French graphic novel Transperceneige. This is a project we've been following closely for over three years, and it's now ready to be finished and released after filming this year. Chris Evans stars in the ensemble movie set entirely on a train in the "not too distant future where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race." This is one of my most anticipated films of next year.
The cast for Snow Piercer includes Chris Evans along with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Luke Pasqualino and Kang-ho Song as passengers on the train. Joon-ho describes Snow Piercer as a post-apocalyptic movie about a few survivors who end up on a massive train that is divided by economic classes. "With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snow Piercer is a train of Earth's lone survivors that travels around the cold world." I have been predicting since last year that Snow Piercer will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Bong Joon-ho is a regular, and I expect to see it there next summer. As for The Weinstein Company's release plans, "a wide Summer 2013 release looks likely." This is one project we're keeping a very close watch on.