On September 9th American media outlets confirmed that an American remake of the 2014 South Korean film "Haemoo" is in the works, and that Bong Joon-ho would be joining the project as a producer. "Haemoo" is based on a real-life incident involving ethnics Koreans being moved from China into South Korea. At the time "Haemoo" was considered Park Yoo-chun's big shot to become a serious actor. While the movie did improve his reputation, his career soon fell into tatters due to unrelated scandals.
Bong Joon-ho of "Parasite" fame was credited as a screenwriter for "Haemoo", while screenwriter Sim Seong-bo of "Memories of Murder" was the credited director for the film. Much like Park Yoo-chun, Sim Seong-bo also had bigger career hopes riding on "Haemoo". However, while critically acclaimed, "Haemoo" was ultimately a box office disappointment, only breaking 1.4 million admissions in spite of its premiering as the sole major release of an August weekend.
"Haemoo" is not generally considered a part of director Bong Joon-ho's canon as he did not direct it, nor was it his original idea. The project was adapted from a stage play. Interest in a remake likely stems from the movie's obvious contemporary social relevance in how it deals with migrants and racism. There's been no word about a production schedule or a release platform, but Netflix seems likely as both the director and production company of the remake are predominately known for Netflix releases.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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