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Snowpiercer Director Backed By Netflix For Monster Movie Okja


 Bong Joon-ho

Netflix and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment have joined as backers of  Korean monster movie “Okja.” Netflix is investing, Plan B is co-producing.

Okja is directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and will star Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald.

The film is one of the first feature movies in Asia to be backed by Netflix, which is in the process of rolling out services across the vast region. Netflix is expected to launch in South Korea in 2016.

“It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a film maker,” said Bong in a statement. “For ‘Okja,’ I needed a bigger budget than I had for ‘Snowpiercer’ and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously,” he said. “Snowpiercer” was reportedly made on a budget of $40 million.

The film has been billed as starring a monster named Okja, but Bong said that the beast is not that beastly. “It is a bulky animal, but with a mild and kind spirit. The film is about a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories,” he said. “To me, the crazy world surrounding Okja and the girl looks more like a monster. I want to depict the two characters’ bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion”

“Okja” is currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S. Theatrical release is expected in the first half of 2017.