Earlier this year, Netflix announced it was joining forces with Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, to produce the $60 million satire “War Dogs,” and now it seams the massive deal was just the beginning of a fruitful relationship between the two companies. Both Netflix and Plan B have confirmed they are teaming up once again to back “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho’s Korean monster movie, “Okja.” Netflix is investing in the project, while Plan B will handle co-producing duties.
“Okja” stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the most part, though the director has described the monster as a “kind spirit” and has said the film is about “a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories.”
“It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker,” said Bong Joon-ho in a statement. “For ‘Okja,’ I needed a bigger budget than I had for ‘Snowpiercer’ and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously.”
The deal further cements Netflix’s goal of building a presence in Asia; they previously financed the Malaysia-filmed “Marco Polo” and have the highly anticipated “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2” in the pipeline. South Korea will also be getting its own Netflix platform next year.
Production on “Okja” will begin in April 2016 in Korea and the U.S, with a release planned for the first half of 2017.