Bong Joon Ho, director of last year’s Oscar-winning “Parasite,” has announced that he is working on a Korean animated film about humans and deep-water sea creatures.
He had been working on the screenplay with Korean company 4th Creative Party since 2018. The script was completed in January.
Bong is also at work on the script for an English-language film which is understood to be set between the U.K. and the U.S. The Yonhap news agency reported that the English language film would likely be Bong’s next directing effort.
Bong has another key appointment this year. He is set as president of the jury that will decide the winner of the competition at the Venice Film Festival in late August and early September.
4th Creative Party is a VFX company that has credits on Bong’s previous films “Snowpiercer,” “Okja” and “Mother” and Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” and “Stoker.”
Bong, who is also understood to be working on plans for a “Parasite” TV series at HBO, is additionally set as producer of the immigration drama “Sea Fog” at Participant Media. Matt Palmer, who directed “Calibre,” is writing and directing “Sea Fog,” based on a previous draft by Oren Moverman.
The film is based on the 2014 Korean film “Haemoo,” which follows a fishing-boat crew on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of undocumented immigrants from China to Korea. That film was directed by Shim Sung Bo and written by Bong and Shim. Their film, inspired by a true story, was in turn adapted from a 2007 stage play.