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Bong Joon Ho to direct his first animated movie

Bong Joon Ho has steadily built up a near-faultless filmography since his feature-length debut, Barking Dogs Never Bite, back in 2000. Aside from the quality and a few recurring traits, he has been difficult to pin down to a genre, always daringly hopping onto the next fit of imagination. Now he looks set to partake in another creative diversion as he takes on his first animated film. 

The director has partnered with Korea’s VFX production house 4th Creative Party to try his hand at directing animation. ScreenDaily reports that the feature will focus on “deep sea creature and human beings”, but at this stage little else is known about the plot. 

They also report that Bong has been working on the screenplay since 2018 and finished the script in January, making it something of a pet project for the prolific cinematic craftsman who already has two screenplays revolving around his Oscar-winning Parasite in the offing. 

The script is written in Korean, but there is also talk that an English-speaking live-action version will follow the animated incarnation. 

Of course, with the story just breaking little else is known regarding casting, plot or production details and the director is yet to make an announcement but more is expected to follow in the coming days. 

Bong Joon Ho has previously worked with the iconic studio for The HostSnowpiercer and Okja. Notably, Okja, which he wrote with the British journalist Jon Ronson, featured a lot of animation incorporated with the live-action elements, so perhaps this is a hint at the style. Regardless of speculation, however, the project promises to be an exciting one for fans to follow and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. 

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