Rumor: J.J. Abrams to Help Bong Joon-ho Make Hollywood Debut

Over at /Film, they are reporting the strong possibility that a pairing with J.J. Abrams and Bong Joon-ho is going to happen. Anyone who has watched Lost or saw the Star Trek reboot probably at least knows of J.J. Abrams. Bong – not so much. Actually, my introduction to the director came earlier this week when I saw his film Mother for the first time. The way the film starts I didn’t know what to think. But as I continued watching and noticing the blending of drama and comedy, I was transfixed. Hollywood is the ultimate goal for many filmmakers. I’m not sure how an American audience would react to a mainstream feature directed by Bong Joon-ho. The combination of him and J.J. Abrams could be a match made in heaven. Well, at least, if heaven was populated by film geeks.

The stories Bong tells are small, but it is the way he tells them that make them all the more interesting, if not outright entertaining. Bong’s creature feature The Host is probably the best representation to act as a comparison to J.J. Abrams’ features. After all, Abrams produced the ultra-successful Cloverfield.

There’s no telling when the pairing will occur or what the film will be about, because Bong Joon-ho will be collaborating next with Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) on Snow Piercer, which will be filmed in 2011. J.J. Abrams will be directing Super 8 and Star Trek 2 and producing projects like the latest Mission: Impossible feature, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) as well as Mystery on Fifth Avenue and the recently announced Boilerplate.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Bong’s film Mother on DVD or Blu-ray you should definitely check it out. Magnolia Home Entertainment has also released a four-disc set that includes his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite, and also The Host (2-Disc Collector’s Edition) and Mother.

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