[News Bites] ‘Total Recall’ Shootout; Asian Gay Zombie Movie; And ‘Snow Piercer’ Wraps

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Screen Daily reports that Bong Joon-ho (The Host) has wrapped shooting what looks to be Korea’s most expensive film to date, Snow Piercer. According to investor/distributor CJ E&M, the shoot wrapped over the weekend in Prague and Bong will finish post-production in Korea. They aim to release the sci-fi thriller next year, although specific dates are still in the works. Budgeted at roughly $39.2m (KW45bn), Snow Piercer will be Korea’s most expensive film by far. Kang Je-gyu’s war movie My Way currently holds the record with a $24.5m (KW28bn) budget. Based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” the film is about the microcosm of human society surviving on a train that goes around in a snow-covered, post-apocalyptic world. The film was shot entirely on location in the Czech Republic, except for a day’s shoot in Austria for some scenery. Park Chan-wook is producing with his company Moho Film. Snow Piercer features a multi-national cast with Captain America star Chris Evans in the lead. He is joined by Song Kang-ho, who previously worked with Bong on The Host, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and Ewen Bremner.

German sales outfit Raspberry & Cream has picked up Asian horror title Remington And The Curse of the Zombadings, a gay zombie film from the Philippines, says THR. Raspberry & Cream will handle world-wide sales on the title, a low-brow comedy about the homophobic Remington who is cast under a spell and becomes gay himself. The film has proved a box office hit on its home turf, earning close to $1 million with 250,000 admissions, making it one of the most successful indie features ever in the Philippines. Director Jade Castro also produced Remington through the Manila-based writer/producer collectives ufo Pictures and Orgin8 Media. Star Mart Escudero won the Golden Screen Award, the Pilipino equivalent of the Oscar, for best actor in a musical or comedy for his performance.

Lastly, below we’ve added a second clip from Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake, in theaters August 3, that pits Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel in a shootout against Kate Beckinsale and her Imperial troopers (seriously, does it not look like a scene out of Star Wars?)