J.J. Abrams Teams Up With Bong Joon-ho
According to /film, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, Memories Of Murder) are rumored to be collaborating on an undisclosed film with Bong directing and Abrams producing. Again this is just a rumor, but the idea of the team-up is exciting news.
Abrams, an inventive screenwriter and television producer created some of television’s most watched shows while simultaneously making huge blockbuster movies. Abrams truly began making his mark with the spy drama Alias and helped define cultural phenomenon with Lost before venturing into feature films like Mission: Impossible III and the smash hit reboot of Star Trek. (Listen to our Star Trek special from podcast #116).
Bong Joon-ho’s first feature film Barking Dogs Never Bite, part comedy and part cruel social satire had a low box office return, but he became widely known in his home country for the next film Memories of Murder – based on the true story of the country’s first known serial murders, in 2003. Memories of Murder still remains one of the best Korean films ever made. He attained both commercial success and critical acclaim through this film. His third film, The Host, broke box office records in Korean and was well received by the Cannes Festival.
His most recent film Mother, the story of a mother who struggles to save her son from a murder accusation was just released on DVD last week and comes highly recommended. (Listen to our special on the director from podcast #192)
The dream team of these two men would certainly bring together a project any cinephile would be excited for. Let’s hope these rumors turn into actual facts. Until then we will try to keep you posted.