Netflix invests in K-film ahead of its 2016 launch in South Korea
Ahead of its launch in South Korea next year, Netflix announced an investment in Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s new monster feature film, Okja.
Not only this is the first time the now world’s leading streaming platform invests in a Korean filmmaker, but the amount is well above Bong’s most recent blockbuster movie, Snowpiercer, with an investment estimated to about $50 million.
Even more impressive, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s production company Plan B is attached to the English-Korean copro and Bong will be given full creative latitude. The Host’s coproducer Lewis Kim and Snowpiercer coproducer Choi Doo-ho will be producing.
British actors Bill Nighy and Tilda Swinton as well as Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald are confirmed, while Korean cast will be soon.
Okja will shoot in Korea and New York in late 2016, and is expected to be released on Netflix the following year.
(Source: Screen Daily)