By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
I guess it was only a matter of time before a studio went after The Host. Considering that every person who has ever seen the film claims it is awesome, it becomes a sad fact that there is such a small percentage of domestic moviegoers who've actually seen it.
Hoping to solve this problem, Universal Pictures and director Gore Verbinski are teaming up to remake the Korean thriller. Will it be remotely as good? Doubtful.
The Host Remake
Universal Pictures has picked up commercial director Fredrik Bond to make his feature debut with a remake of The Host.
To be penned by Mark Poirier, The Host follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.
Originally titled Gwoemul, the film did record-breaking numbers during its theatrical run in South Korea.
While Fredrik Bond has yet to do a project as big as this, both he and Verbinski have been waiting for a project such as The Host to come along. Bond loves the integration of family drama into a horror setting.
"It processes a few genres together, and visually it feels close to the stuff I've made over the last few years in commercials, the tonality of humor and the scale," Bond said.