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WETA Working With Juh-ho Bong On A Monster Movie'!

Published at: March 21, 2005, 2:01 a.m. CST by staff

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Sometimes it’s the shortest e-mails that contain the most provocative tidbits. Like this:

Do you know WETA and Richard Taylor is working for a Korean monster movie called "Host"? It's the third feature film by Bong Jun-ho (Memories of Murder). It looks like he does'nt want to make a genre movie. He want to make a serious movie about a monster in Han river.

If you’ve seen MEMORIES OF MURDER, then you know why I’m intrigued. If you haven’t, try to track a copy down. It’s a tremendous Korean film about a real-life serial killer case that’s about as far from stuff like FROM HELL or SE7EN as humanly possible, focusing on the cops investigating the case and the toll that it takes on them, with a fairly dry comic sensibility to everything. I’m deeply intrigued at the notion of what this guy might be doing with a serious monster movie, and the notion of WETA helping him out is pretty damn great. I’ll see what else I can dig up on this one.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • March 21, 2005, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Will Captain Panaka be in this?

    by BNITT

    Will Captain Panaka be in this? You need a cynical, one-line bastard in a movie like this. And the eye patch could be incorporated into the serial killers MO. Long Live Captain Panaka!!!

  • March 21, 2005, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Look, Corde did her duty, now Moriarty has done his. Lets go!

    by Tall_Boy

    thats what Panaka would say about this whole situation.

  • March 21, 2005, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I wanna see this movie!!!!

    by Gluecifer

    Memories of murder = the best cop movie since...let's say To live and die in LA... And Joon-ho Bong's first movie, Barking dogs never bite, was very very good too!!!! So...

  • March 21, 2005, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I bought MEMORIES OF MURDER last week or so.

    by Cash Bailey

    Still haven't watched it, though. Sometimes working two jobs sucks.

  • March 21, 2005, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Heh Heh "Bong on"

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Oh come on I can't be the only one who found that funny.

  • March 21, 2005, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Richard Taylor is cool!

    by Fugazi32

    I like his emo glasses.

  • March 21, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Panaka was in the first one. The eye patch guy is a different gu

    by I Dunno

    Captain Typho, I beleive. Are you trying to say that all us brothers look alike?

  • March 21, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST

    So i take it this means...

    by RickSlamu2

    that WETA isn't doing anything Evangelion. and that the EVA movie is off. Oh yes and Mini-Me is peeing naked in the cornor!

  • March 21, 2005, 7 p.m. CST

    WETA going to South Korea

    by ch2praxis

    Weta is going in partnership with the South Koreans and building up a branch in Seoul. The news came from Reuters this morning... C

  • March 21, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Current production status of the live-action EVANGELION film?

    by Kiyone

    "Pining for the fjords". It was never to be. ADV is a big fish by domestic anime distributor channels, but they are but a minnow compared to the film studios. ADV and WETA had high hopes for the project, but, realistically, they'd need the invovlement of a major studio to be able to finance it, and, it seems it's too expensive a project with too niche a fanbase for the film to be an attractive proposition for any major studio. I'm sure that if you ask ADV, the film's still "on" officially, but they haven't talked about it much at all in a year now, they don't mention it in their press releases anymore, and, the most telling evidence of all that the project is either dead or in deep hibernation is that they removed the bonus materials with the early production art from the Australian release of the EVANGELION "Platinum" DVDs.

  • March 21, 2005, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I like this already...

    by Bong