CJ Entertainment, Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate, and producer of Bong Joon-ho’s ground-breaking, multiple Oscar®-winning film Parasite, has identified its next English language remake, announcing today that the company will finance and produce an English language remake of genre-bending Korean film Save the Green Planet!, alongside Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen’s Square Peg production banner (Midsommar, Hereditary).
A film that has achieved modern cult classic status since its release in 2003, the uniquely offbeat, black comedy, sci-fi thriller Save the Green Planet! was written and directed by Joon-hwan Jang (CJ Entertainment’s 2017 political thriller 1987: When the Day Comes), and lived up to its promise as something nobody has seen before, or can describe easily. Jang is attached to direct the English language remake. Will Tracy has been tapped to write the adapted screenplay.
Executive producers are CJ Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Young-ki Cho and Jerry Ko. Producers are Francis Chung, CJ’s Head of U.S. Productions, Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen.
Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based Director of Development, Ini Chung, CJ’s Seoul-based Director of Development, and Seoul-based Production Executive Khan Kwon are co-producing and will oversee development of the project.
Save the Green Planet! garnered global acclaim upon its release, and through the film festival circuit, for its inventiveness as an offbeat, shocking, darkly humorous, suspenseful, apocalyptic mashup that moves at warp speed.
Joon-hwan Jangimagines the fate of the human race hinging on Byun-gu, a bitter, paranoid and eccentric beekeeper who, with the help of his tightrope walker girlfriend, Sooni, kidnaps a powerful and successful businessman, Man-sik. Byun-gu believes that Man-sik is an alien from the planet Andromeda, one of many hiding among us and plotting to destroy the Earth in a few days. Amphetamine-popping Byun-gu sees himself as the planet’s last hope, and sets about torturing Man-sik with relish, trying to convince him to contact the “Royal Prince” and call off Armageddon. A battle of wits and wills ensues, with Man-sik trying to convince his captors that he’s human and attempting to escape. Man-sik recognizes Byun-gu as a disgruntled former employee whose comatose mother suffers from a mysterious illness. It begins to seem that Byun-gu’s true motivation may be personal, but he’s still ruthlessly determined to get Man-sik to confess and cooperate, even if he has to risk killing him. Meanwhile, a dishevelled detective, Chu, and his young acolyte, Inspector Kim, discover that the person who kidnapped Man-sik may have struck several times before, always with deadly results.
Check out the trailer for the original Save the Green Planet below.
Save the Green Planet! is directed by Joon-hwan Jang who will also helm the remake. The original stars Ha-kyun Shin, Yun-shik Baek, and Jung-min Hwang.
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