The Host director Bong Joon Ho has wrapped shooting what looks to be Korea’s most expensive film to date, Snowpiercer.
According to investor/distributor CJ E&M, the shoot wrapped over the weekend in Prague and Bong will finish post-production in Korea. They aim to release the sci-fi thriller next year, although specific dates are still in the works.
Budgeted at roughly $39.2m (KW45bn), Snowpiercer will be Korea’s most expensive film by far. Kang Je-gyu’s war movie My Way currently holds the record with a $24.5m (KW28bn) budget.
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film is about the microcosm of human society surviving on a train that goes around in a snow-covered, post-apocalyptic world.
The film was shot entirely on location in the Czech Republic, except for a day’s shoot in Austria for some scenery. Park Chan-wook is producing with his company Moho Film.
Snow Piercerfeatures a multi-national cast with Captain America star Chris Evans in the lead. He is joined by Song Kang-ho, who previously worked with Bong on The Host, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and Ewen Bremner.
Although previously confirmed as the film’s local distributor, CJ picked up international sales rights directly before this year’s Cannes market. Details of the film’s financing structure are yet to be released.