Save The Green Planet! a Korean cult hit is being remade in English. Studio of Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite, CJ is teaming up with the duo of Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen (Midsommar, Hereditary).
The genre-bending Save The Green Planet! is an off-beat, black comedy-sci-fi mashup from 2003 about a man who believes the world is on the verge of an alien invasion and sets out to save the planet by first kidnapping his boss.
The original film is a classic -that played Cannes, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Jeonju festivals, among others; which follows Byun-gu, a bitter, paranoid and amphetamine-popping beekeeper who believes that powerful and successful businessman Man-sik is one of many aliens from the planet Andromeda hiding amongst humans and plotting to destroy the Earth in a few days. The plot, which begins as bizarre and eccentric thickens with the reveal of a more personal motivation.
The Korean film’s writer-director Joon-hwan Jang returns to direct the remake, while CJ Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Young-ki Cho, and Jerry Ko act as executive producers, with Aster and Knudsen producing.
This is CJ and Jang’s second collaboration in recent times, previously having worked on 2017 political thriller 1987: When The Day Comes. Will Tracy, who is the writer of HBO’s Succession and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has been touted as the writer of the adapted screenplay.
About the upcoming production, CJ’s Miky Lee said:
“One thing we learned from our success with Parasite is that audiences globally are excited to see genre-bending films with big themes. Jang is a master of this in his own right, and we’re so glad to be working alongside Ari, Lars, and Will to help translate what made the original so special to an English language version that feels relevant to what’s going on today.”
Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen also commented, “Swinging with youthful abandon between white-knuckle suspense, absurd slapstick, grim horror and a deeply felt (and earned) sense of tragedy, Save The Green Planet! is one of the most remarkable films to come out of South Korea – among this recent wave or any wave, for that matter. We’re honored to be partnering with CJ and with the brilliant director Jang.”
This remake adds to CJ’s growing collection of English originals and remakes of Korean hits which includes collaborations with the likes of Kevin Hart and Universal.
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