by REERA YOO
Park Chan-wook, the South Korean director behind Oldboy, will direct and develop his second Hollywood film, a sci-fi thriller titled Second Born, according to Variety.
Based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, the film takes place in a futuristic world where microchips implants can store one’s consciousness, opening a black market that enables illegal body switching. The script has actually been in the works since 2010 when it won runner-up in the Scriptapalooza screenwriting competition.
Wonjo Jeong, Park’s producing partner, will also be producing the film alongside Rumble Films’ David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox.
Park’s most recent feature was the 2013 psychological thriller Stoker, which starred Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. The celebrated director is currently working on adapting Sarah Waters’ crime novel Fingersmith into a Korean-language film. While the novel takes place in Victorian London, Park’s film, currently titled Agashi, will take place in 20th-century Korea during a time of Japanese rule.
It’s presumed that Park will take the helm for Second Born after Agashi finishes filming, which is scheduled to begin in 2015.