3D Release Eyed For 'Host' Sequel


"Host 2," the sequel to director Bong Joon-ho's monster flick -- the highest-grossing Korean film of all time -- is being prepped as a 3D project, according to the film's producer Chungeorahm Films.

"Given the nature of the film and the current trends in the global film market, we think that 3D is the medium to go," said Su-yeon Kim at the company's international business division. "But this will delay the film's release date and bring significant changes to the film's logistics."

The original "Host," a deeply political satire about a family trying to protect themselves from a moster in Seoul's main river, attracted 13 million admissions in Korea when it opened in 2006. Worldwide, the film was sold to 134 countries and earned $90 million.

The sequel, whose demo reel will be unveiled at TIFFCOM as part of the market's Tokyo Project Gathering, is expected to cost more than 20 billion won ($17.6 million). So far, Korea's SK Telecom and the Korea Creative Contents Agency, a government agency to promote Korean content, have invested in the film. Separately, Singapore's Boku Films, run by Kevin Tong and Korea's Chungeorahm, signed a co-production deal last year, although no further details have been announced since. The "Host 2" team is looking for other co-production partners and investors at TIFFCOM.

Much of the sequel's demo at TIFFCOM will be focused on the film's CG, which was mainly handled by a South Korean VFX firm Macrograph and is planned for shooting by experienced commercial film director Park Myeong-chan.

"We learned that Korean VFX technology is more than capable of handling scenes that involve intricate CG scenes," Kim said. "That and the reputation of the film's original will be the film's major selling point."

The script for "Host 2" is currently under last-minute revision. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2012.

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