Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer Will Open The Los Angeles Film Festival
After month's of squabbling with The Weinstein Company over edits to his movie, Bong Joon-Ho will finally get to screen his sci-fi thriller 'Snowpiercer' when the Los Angeles Film Festival opens this June. Joon-Ho's bleak and trippy vision of a decimated future-Earth has officially been selected as the opening night picture for the June 11th festival, giving festival-goers a chance to see the controversial movie more than two weeks before it is released across the U.S on June 27th. Tickets for the event will be available to the general public on April 22nd.
Starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer sees the remains of humanity taking shelter on a perpetual-motion train, which speeds around an Earth that has become uninhabitable thanks to a failed attempt to cancel the effects of global warming. The Weinstein Company purchased rights to the movie all the way back in 2012, but when Joon-Ho's first cut came in at a little over two and half hours long, studio execs demanded edits be made. After a lengthy stand off, the two parties reached an agreement whereby Joon-Ho would be able to keep his original cut, but The Weinstein Co. would only give it a limited release.
Joon-Ho's ambitious tale has received some rave reviews following its release in certain markets and it proved a huge success in territories such as China and South Korea. Its release date of June 27th will see it going head to head with Michael Bay's fourth Transformers installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Despite this heavyweight competition and a limited release, many remain hopeful that Snowpiercer will be a hit with both fans and critics alike. If you doubt its chances of success, just take a look at the cast that the South Korean director has assembled. John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Jamie Bell are just a few of the big names that join Evans and Swinton, while there's also some up and coming talent in the form of Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim, Newsroom) and Luke Pasqualino who played a young William Adama in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.