Finally! A green-band trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, and one that would seem to give us a better idea of what we can expect, at least in terms of narrative. The visuals, at least in my humble opinion have always been stunning.
In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
This is a film that’s been trying to make it out of the gate for a long time. Director Bong Joon-Ho, who wrote the screenplay with Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – Sidney Lumet‘s last film), makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, discovered the French graphic novel, “Le Transperceneige”, on which it’s based, in late 2004 during pre-production of The Host. Rights were secured in 2005, but filming didn’t begin until April 2012. It went into post in July of that year and debuted in South Korea in August of 2013. It’s already screened in the rest of the world, including a stop at this year’s Berlinale, so the US gets it last, but at last we get it, thanks to the cutting-edge arm of The Weinstein Company, RADiUS-TWC.
With an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris, I hope it finds an audience. Sequels are already being planned based on other books in the series.
Snowpiercer gets a limited (there’s that word again – grrrrr) US release on June 27. Hopefully more cities will follow, but I have a feeling it will fare better via OnDemand.
What do you think? Will you look for it?
Bit of trivia: Bong and his production designer, Ondrej Nekvasil, designed the train to resemble a 1970s nuclear-powered submarine. Both the train and a sub from that era would have a similar average speed of 50km per hour.