Korean director Bong Joon-ho has been making quite a name for himself in the last decade. His science fiction horror HOST debuted back in 2006 to rave reviews. Since then, he put out the disturbing crime drama Mother and Host 2. His latest endeavor, Snow Piercer, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, has got the fanboy blogs hot, especially considering how low key this production has been. I’ll have to admit, I’d never heard of the graphic or the movie until now, but there are probably a lot of graphic novels I haven’t heard about, but having visited the Korean website for this film, I must say…I peed a little. Now before you click on that hyperlink expecting to see a trailer I must warn you…there’s none to be had. All you’re going to see are images/drawings from concept artists set to the music of composer Marcos Beltrami, but after reading the synopsis it was enough for me to say I’m on board…get it? You will.
The film is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.
Snow Piercer is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, but there’s no word on a definite release date. Folks have been saying the summer of 2013, but we’ll just have to see about that. The film stars Chris Evans along with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Luke Pasqualino and Kang-ho Song.