Two years after winning the 2020 Academy Awards, Bong Joon Ho has chosen his next project.
The “Parasite” director is in talks with Warner Bros. to write, direct, and produce an untitled film adaptation of Edward Ashton’s upcoming novel “Mickey7,” according to Deadline. Bong is also considering Robert Pattinson for the lead role. The film will be produced by Plan B, Kate Street Picture Firm, and Bong’s production company, Offscreen.
Warner Bros. has been contacted for comment by IndieWire.
In February, Macmillan’s St. Martin imprint will release “Mickey7.” For “Parasite,” Bong previously won Best Director and Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.
Bong was given the “Mickey7” manuscript last year and “got informally tied to the project prior to the winter break, meeting with some of the town’s most promising stars as every A-lister in their 30s was seeking the role,” according to sources.
“It wasn’t long before Bong and execs were impressed with Pattinson following their encounter and felt he was suitable for the role, with an offer going out shortly before the new year,” according to Deadline.
Following the news of an HBO limited series based on “Parasite” with Bong executive producing alongside Adam McKay, this will be Bong’s second agreement with WarnerMedia.
Mickey7 is an Expendable, a disposable member of a human expedition assigned to inhabit Niflheim’s ice realm. The crew turns to Mickey whenever a mission becomes too perilous – even suicidal. When one iteration dies, a new body is created with the majority of the iteration’s memories intact. Mickey7 understands the conditions of his contract after six deaths…and why it was the only colonial post available when he accepted it.