Director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) Snow Piercer was picked up at AFM by The Weinstein Company, per Deadline. “The Weinstein Company has picked up the English-language rights to the thriller Snow Piercer from South Korea’s CJ Entertainment. Made at this year’s AFM, the deal for the multiple territory acquisition of the future-set film was in the seven figures. ”
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. The film, based on the graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”, “is set in the not too distant future where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snow Piercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.”
The film stars Chris Evans (pictured above), John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and Ewen Bremner. Weinstein Company will distribute Snow Piercer in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A summer 2013 release is “likely.”
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