Magazine article Screen International

Netflix, Brad Pitt's Plan B Back Bong Joon Ho's 'Okja'

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix, Brad Pitt's Plan B Back Bong Joon Ho's 'Okja'

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It will be one of the first features in Asia to be financed by the streaming site, which is expected to launch in Korea next year.

In a statement, Bong said: "For Okja, I needed a bigger budget than I had with Snowpiercer and total creative freedom. Netflix provided me with both, which is an amazing opportunity for a director."

Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, was the director's English-language debut and was financed by Korean studio CJ Entertainment.

The well-received sci-fidystopian adventure accumulated $57.8m from 9.3 million admissions in Korea in 2013. While it was eventually released in the US through the Weinstein Company, it has yet to be released in the UK.

Okja will also be co-produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment (World War Z, 12 Years a Slave), Okja SPC said in a statement. …

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