Bong contributed one of three segments, along with Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, to an anthology film called Tokyo!, opening in limited release this Friday. But he's also hard at work on a crime film called Mother, and then he hopes to put out Transperceneige by 2011 or 2012.
Talking to Collider, he said the movie version of the snow post-apocalyptic comic would feature a multilingual cast and international co-production, but ultimately would still be a Korean movie. And he added that it's a dystopian vision regarding the future of humanity.
In Transperceneige, wars and glaciers have rendered the planet almost uninhabitable, and one last train carries the last survivors of the human race. The society on board the train is a microcosm of humanity, with social and class divisions still persisting in cramped quarters.
In an earlier interview with Yonhap News Service, Bong elaborated:
The story will be in a tone similar to Noah's Ark (from the Bible)... This train has enraptured me. I believe everyone has a fantasy about trains giving off chugs and puffs, and landscapes viewed from the window... What you can see from the window in this story, however, is only the world icebound, with minus 80 degrees outside. Survivors live in the train, but they can't stay in harmony even at a time of adversity... Each partition of the train represents a class. In the last partition of the train, people live wretched lives. The closer to the front they are, the more luxurious life gets... Le Transperceneige is going to be much more spectacular with all the trains and frozen scenery. But the spectacle is not what I really want to show. The mood and sentiment you can feel inside the train, the desperateness. The exterior should be only groundwork to show all that.
The Host brought amazing freshness to the monster-movie genre, and it sounds like Transperceneige could do the same for overexposed post-apocalyptic storylines.