While the debate still rages about the cuts made to his new sci-fi drama “Snowpiercer,” filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (“The Host,” “Mother”) is already considering his next project which he tells THR will be much smaller film.
One possibility is “Okja,” a film about a “very unique” woman. Bong says it’ll likely be set in Korea and the U.S. with a mix of Korean and English dialogue. However, he is not sure if it will be his immediate next project:
“I don’t wish to work on anything with a bigger than ‘Snowpiercer,’ though the budget was pretty tight for it. It was the largest project I’ve worked on and I’d like to work on smaller films now.
I’d prefer depicting worlds with more freedom to pay attention to details. I’m a small-scale person, and I’d rather work with a smaller budget if it means having more freedom.”
He’s also pondering a Hollywood production as he’s come upon “a lot of great proposals… some really creative scripts.” However, heading into a more regulated system is daunting to him:
“Directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon have made their Hollywood debuts, and I think it’s impressive because the production system is very different, very bureaucratic from what I hear.
I’m very much used to controlling everything from writing the script to casting and editing. I even draw my own storyboards. Maybe I’m not as professional as [Park or Kim] to adapt to different production systems. But I think it’s a matter of finding a good project in the U.S.”