South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has started work on his English-language debut Snowpiercer. Cameras started rolling on principle photography last week in the Czech Republic for the futuristic tale. Bong’s countryman Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) is producing.
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is the story of the passengers on a train that endlessly circles an ice-covered wasteland. The state of the environment is result of conflict and war, and the riders have to come to terms with the state of the world, as well as figure out how to survive on the train without going crazy or exploding on one another.
Snowpiercer has pieced together a first-rate cast. Chris Evans is on board as the protagonist, and his fellow travelers include Ewen Bremner, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, and Dutch actress Emma Levie, who just joined the team this week.
I’m excited to see what Bong, who directed Mother and The Host—the best creature feature in recent memory—can do with all of these tools at his disposal. He has talented actors, wrote the script himself, and the set up is rife with tension. Take a confined space, throw in a bunch of strong, conflicting personalities, and see what happens. And that’s on a good day, not even taking into account the added pressure that the end of the world brings to the table. That’s like mixing vinegar and baking soda in a soda bottle and screwing the cap on nice and tight.