Netflix broadcast its top-to-bottom commitment to international territories again today with its announcement that it began principal photography on its feature “Okja” yesterday in Seoul, South Korea, under the direction of Bong Joon Ho (“Snowpiercer,” “The Host,” “Mother”).
More significantly for fans of AMC”s “The Walking Dead,” reports that Steve Yeun has joined the cast of the film have sparked speculation that he is getting killed off on the series because season six had a cliffhanger ending in which the character Negan brings his down his bat on the head of an unknown character. Season seven of “The Walking Dead” is scheduled to begin shooting outside Altanta, GA, in May.
Written by Bong and Jon Ronson (“Frank”), “Okja”follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive animal named Okja.
“Okja” also stars stars Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer,” “Michael Clayton”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler,” “Everest”) and Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”). The film is being produced by Kate Street Picture Company and Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. Netflix has also contributed a reported $60 million to the budget of Plan B’s “War Machine,” a military satire starring Pitt, and partnered with the prodco on the original series “The OA,” co-created by and starring Brit Marling.
Pitt is producing “Okja” with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho.
“Okja” will have a limited day-and-date theatrical release in the U.S. and premiere globally on Netflix in 2017. The streaming giant is also looking for theatrical partners for a day-and-date release in select international territories, including Korea.