Last year's "Snowpiercer" turned out to be a surprise of a film. Sure, it had a limited release, and brought it under $5 million domestically, but critically it's sitting pretty at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of being an ambitious action film, it managed to bring many moral and societal questions into the mix, as any good scifi story would. While the domestic appeal of the film was definitely wanting, "Snowpiercer" still managed to bring in a decent $86.7 million in foreign sales, and considering the budget was a reported $42 million (South Korea's most expensive film to date), I'd say that's a success. Add in home sales and streaming, and one has to imagine the film was profitable.
Needless to say, the film's director, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, would be back in the game incredibly soon. His next project is titled "Okja," and according to THR, the film now has two important backers.
The first backer is Netflix, the mega-popular streaming service that will be launching its service in Korea in 2016. Netflix will be investing $50 million into Okja, and this is likely a move on their part to create more content for their future Korean consumers.
Bong Joon Ho had the following to say about Netflix's investment:
“It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker. For "Okja," I needed a bigger budget than I had for Snowpiercer and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously.”
The second investor for "Okja" comes from actor Brad Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment, which has invested in such films as "World War Z" and "12 Years a Slave." While we don't have any actual numbers to report on how much the company is investing, this is still great news for Bong Joon Ho, and he had the following to say about Plan B's involvement.
"I am looking forward to bringing in a mix of bold energy that has been unique to Plan B."
As far as "Okja"s plot is concerned, TheWrap has previously reported that it follows the relationship between a little girl and a kind monster named Okja. The film stars Tilda Swinton (who also starred in "Snowpiercer"), Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy.
Are you looking forward to the next film from Bong Joon Ho? What did you think of "Snowpiercer?" Let us know your thoughts down below!