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.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
Totally agree. Host was a great monster movie. Alot different from some of the crap we get here in the states. Hope that whomever does this movie doesnt ruin the great film that was The Host.
Heckle on Jan 10, 2008
Are you guys crazy?! Maybe it was one of the better Korean films but it was an absolute nightmare to sit through. I was bored to tears. I kept waiting for it to get better & it never did. Sorry guys. One of the best movies of the Year? I'll say it again. Are you guys crazy?!! 7 days to Cloverfield! Let's do this.
Sinner on Jan 10, 2008
You use "who" when it's the subject of the sentence. Not "whom" (or "whomever.") pwnd
Derek on Jan 10, 2008
I love this movie, too. Not your typical horror film and not your typical ending, either. Which I found refreshing. I hope the prequel is as good. Thanks for giving us this bit of news!
Movie Lover on Jan 11, 2008
I agree with Movie Lover, this is not a typical monster movie, so if you just want to see the monster and destruction, then you will be disappointed like Sinner. What I appreciate about The Host are the characters in it rather than the monster. I think all the characters are interesting, funny and very real. Therefore this is a great news for me, definitely looking forward to the prequel!
AsceticMonk on Jan 11, 2008
I loved it I seen a few post saying it was scary not to me I guess I bin subjected and diluted by way to much gore in states movies or the fact you can see dead bodies all over the net I found this movie really funny some guy said board to tears...yea ok go watch your little clover field movie...boo... I couldn’t even sit threw that pile of **** cant wait to see the next host I wish there was a sequel though I am curious on what happened to every one o well maybe the next one after 2 I can see these movies being around for a long time I heard that the story was based on true events... not the whole giant monster thing but the fact the us dumped waste in the Han river sad what this "cuntry" really is I never saw that on the news but why would I when they rather tell me who’s on American idol (ooh goody!!!......) when every thing in this world makes me sick I am glad there a movie that can make me forget for a while
miztah_j on Nov 5, 2008
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