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Weinstein Company Picks Up Bong Joon-Ho's Futuristic Ice Age Thriller 'Snowpiercer'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2012 at 12:20PM

Ten minutes of AFM footage was enough for the Weinstein Company to scoop up English-speaking rights (including U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) to South Korean Bong Joon-ho's dystopian "Snowpiercer," an action thriller starring Chris Evans.
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Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Ten minutes of AFM footage was enough for the Weinstein Company to scoop up English-speaking rights (including U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) to South Korean Bong Joon-ho's dystopian "Snowpiercer," an action thriller starring Chris Evans.

"Snowpiercer" is set in a futuristic Ice Age--after a failed experiment to stop global warming-- where the 1 % run what's left of the world: a single train with no destination, The Snowpiercer. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.

The globalized nature of the film production is notable for combining a local South Korean studio and producers with American stars and crew. Aside from Evans, the film also stars Ed Harris, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Ko A-sung, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Allison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner.

Bong Joon-ho ("The Host," "Memories of Murder") based the script on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige."

The film is slated for a 2013 release.

This article is related to: News, AFM , The Weinstein Company, Chris Evans, Joon-ho Bong


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.