With his darkly comic thriller “Parasite” not only scoring some of the year’s best reviews but winning the Palme D’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s a great time to be Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho.
As the film continues to garner serious awards buzz ahead of its U.S. theatrical release next week, the “Snowpiercer” and “The Host” helmer sat down with Collider this week and teased that he’s already planning his next directorial efforts with two more films already planned – a Korean horror movie and an English-language, true story-inspired drama:
“I had a great time working on Parasite so I want to work on films on the scale of Parasite and Mother, one in Korean and one in English. The Korean project is kind of like a horror film. Of course, I’m working on it so the genres will all be mixed but if you had to choose one genre it would be along the lines of horror. And for the English project, it began with a news article I randomly came across on CNN in 2016. It’s a small realistic drama piece.”
Bong also shared more details on the horror project during a Q&A at the University of Texas last week, at that time saying:
“I don’t know if you can call it horror, because in all my films the genre is ambiguous. But if you have to describe it, it’s ‘horror-action’ and a disaster that happens in Seoul. I’ve had this idea since 2001, so I’ve been developing it for 18 years, and now I have an obsession. I really do have to shoot this movie… To give you one hint, it’s not a film you can shoot in NYC or Chicago: it only works if all the pedestrians on the street have the same skin tone.”
The updates come as the director’s celebrated 2003 film “Memories of a Murderer” has been in the news again recently after South Korean police finally caught the culprit that inspired the murder-mystery.