‘Host 2′ Planned as 3D Release

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In 2006, director Bong Joon-ho’s film The Host earned $90 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Korean film of all time. The film, which chronicled a father’s attempts to save his daughter from a giant man-made monster, combined elements of science-fiction, comedy, political satire, and good-old-fashioned horror into an action-packed and highly enjoyable movie that crossed all cultures.

Given the success of the first film, a sequel was a no-brainer, but news on the film has not been readily available. Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we have a few more details about the project, including an anticipated release date, budget, and, most importantly, the news that The Host 2 will be released in 3D.

According to THR, The Host 2 has an expected budget of around $17.6 million. That is about $6 million more than producers spent on the first film. Undoubtedly, some of that budget will go toward releasing the sequel in 3D. Interestingly, producers are making no bones about why they’re spending the time and money to add 3D. Put simply, because everybody else is doing it.

Su-yeon Kim, of Chungeorahm Films, said, “Given the nature of the film and the current trends in the global film market, we think that 3D is the medium to go.” Kim also admitted, however, that the decision to use 3D would “delay the film’s release date and bring significant changes to the film’s logistics.

As someone who is not a huge proponent of 3D, this is the kind of news that really irritates me. The first film was a huge success. The second film will, more than likely, also be a huge success. If 3D does nothing but delay the movie from getting made without offering anything worthwhile for the viewer, what’s the point?

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Whether 3D is a good or bad thing for moviegoers is one of the more contentious debates in Hollywood. Obviously, studios like it because it brings in more money. Certain filmmakers like it because of the additional depth it gives to the filmmaking process (James Cameron’s Avatar pushed the limits of 3D technology in a way that actually enhanced the film). Fans, on the other hand, have not been as keen. Some like it for the novelty, but when it’s mishandled (as in Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender) it can greatly hurt a film’s credibility.

In any case, I hope that the decision to go 3D does not adversely affect The Host 2. I loved the first film and am hopeful that the sequel will offer similar laughs, chills, and thrills.

The Host 2 will likely be released in the summer of 2012.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I’ve loved this film for a LONG time… we ordered the DVD directly from Korea before it was available in North America. I’m VERY curious about a sequel, but also a tiny bit annoyed at the 3-D news.

  2. Likewise, Rob – the first one had me hooked right from the beginning. Totally different take on the whole monster movie thing. Any word on whether the sequel has the same director or any of the same actors?

    • Different director. Bong Joon-ho has said he’s not interested in remakes or sequels.

      • Ah well…but fair play to him for that!

  3. 3D will just screw a good movie like this up.The first one was great

  4. man i understand why you all hate the rushed 3d but if a movie is filmed in 3d its usually pretty awsome i enjoyed avatar 3d and im gonna enjoy tron. nun of you are pot heads? really? non of you enjoy things just because itss awsome and trippy? man you guys must have boring lives.

    • Your drug experiences are entirely your own, mate. 3D has nothing to do with that.

  5. I watched the first on Netflix…

    @The Big dentist
    How was it a total different take on the movie monster thing? Chemicals (radiation) gets loose and creates/effects some sort of lifeform and changes it into a monster.

    Monster feeds on humans.

    I enjoyed it (some of the comedy I just didn’t get/understand) for the most part but I didnt see it as a different take on the monster movie genre.

    • Sorry, missed the Reply button there.

  6. I know what you mean, Aknot: from the standard “mad scientist” opening I thought I knew exactly what I’d be getting…and then it took another turn altogether and did nothing that I expected from then on! It became more of a family drama/political satire that just happened to have a monster as the backdrop. I didn’t expect that level of humour, that level of emotional involvement, that level of tension, and I did NOT see that ending coming (can’t really say without getting spoiler-ish). Even that first proper reveal of the creature was done in an unusual way to me.

    I watched it the second time around with a mate of mine whose wife is Korean, and she was filling in some of the background details for us. Nothing major, just little cultural or political nuances and references that I certainly wouldn’t have caught otherwise, and expanding on some of the dialogue that the subtitles missed out on. Just out of interest, wild horses would not induce her to watch a horror/monster movie ordinarily, but she absolutely loved this one!

  7. O my god can’t wait for the host 2 I washed the host like 13 times…