Tilda Swinton and Bong Joon-Ho Are Still Talking About a Snowpiercer Prequel
Is the story over for Snowpiercer's tyrannical Minister of the Train? In an interview with Hitfix, Tilda Swinton revealed that she and director Bong Joon-Ho have a "fantasy" about a prequel that follows her character, Minister Mason, and the rise of her elitist regime.
When asked if she and Bong had decided on a backstory for her character, she said, "We still talk about it. It's a fantasy in our minds about a prequel and so there's this very big ice day coming, who knows? You know lots of fancies in our mind. Who knows if it'll ever happen but imagine such a thing." This is obviously far from a confirmation that there's any chance of this actually happening, but the fact that she and Bong still actively talk about the project is somewhat encouraging.
She went on to speculate about the content of such a prequel: "I can imagine everything about Mason. Mason could be anybody and anything. Anybody or anything could actually turn into Mason and Mason's like a sort of weird, morphed, mutant, free radical sickness. And who knows how he or she started out? A really mild-mannered man in a suit, which is the way it's written in the script - it's still written as a mild-mannered man in a suit." The latter statement refers to the fact that her character was originally written as a "peaceful" man, a role intended for John C. Reilly, who co-starred with Swinton in 2011's We Need to Talk About Kevin.
She also analyzed her character's psychological motivations in Snowpiercer, including her "kind of authoritarianism": "Mason's idea of her responsibilities would be to say that she's only following orders. She's that kind of authoritarian. She is an absolute 100% yellow-livered coward and she would say, 'It's not me, it's not me, it's not me.' And she would just roll over and then try to charm people with her teeth. She has absolutely no moral backbone of any kind. She's a sort of, yeah, a worm I would say. An ethical worm."
Snowpiercer, which made it onto our top ten sci-fi movies of 2014, had a tortured distribution saga but was finally released in the US in in June to massive critical acclaim and almost no attention from the box office in the U.S., although it does hold the record for the highest weekend box office for a Korean film.