Participant is teaming up with Oscar-winning Parasite director Bong Joon Ho on the thriller Sea Fog.
Matt Palmer is set to write and direct the feature based on a previous draft by Oren Moverman.
Bong, Dooho Choi and Lewis Taewan Kim will produce Sea Fog, which is based on the 2014 Korean film Haemoo directed by Shim Sung Bo and written by Bong and Shim.
Specific plot details of the Participant adaptation are still being developed, however the Korean film, adapted from the 2007 stage play of the same name and inspired by a true story, followed a fishing-boat crew on a dangerous mission to smuggle undocumented immigrants from China to Korea.
Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren will serve as executive producers.
Bong, Parasite’s multi-Oscar winner this year who also won the 2019 Palme d’Or, said “Participant makes films that explore the realities of our time, and director Matt Palmer reveals people’s true natures by putting them in extreme situations as he did in the superb crime thriller Calibre. I can’t contain my excitement and anticipation to collaborate with this team on the newborn Sea Fog.”
“Sea Fog touches on the unspoken tragedy often associated with human trafficking,” said Participant CEO David Linde. “We are very excited to join forces with the visionary filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, Matt Palmer, Dooho Choi and Lewis Kim in bringing this incredibly impactful and relevant story to audiences at a time when stories about coming together are more important than ever.”
Palmer most recently wrote and directed his debut film Calibre, which won The Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was released on Netflix in 2018.