Parasite filmmaker Bong Joon Ho is set to produce the immigration drama Sea Fog at Participant Media, according to Variety.
Matt Palmer (Calibre) is writing and directing the film based on a previous draft by Oren Moverman.
Sea Fog is based on the 2014 Korean film Haemoo —which is also adapted from the 2007 stage play—and follows a fishing-boat crew on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of undocumented immigrants from China to Korea. Haemoo was directed by Shim Sung Bo and written by Bong and Shim. It is inspired by a true story.
“Participant makes films that explore the realities of our time, and director Matt Palmer reveals people’s true natures by putting them in extreme situations as he did in the superb crime thriller ‘Calibre,’” Bong said in a statement. “I can’t contain my excitement and anticipation to collaborate with this team on the newborn ‘Sea Fog.’”
Bong made history at the Oscars in 2020 with Parasite as it was the first foreign-language film to win the Academy Award for best picture.
Dooho Choi and Lewis Taewan Kim will also produce Sea Fog. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren will serve as executive producers.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with one of modern cinema’s most singular and visionary talents, Bong Joon Ho, and with Participant, whose incredible track record in producing deeply inspiring, socially committed cinema for mainstream audiences is unapparelled,” Palmer said. “These are dream partners to be teaming up with on a project with such unique potential to deliver both nerve-shredding tension and an urgent social message.”
Palmer is represented by WME and managed by 42. Bong and Choi are represented by WME, and Jonathan Gardner. Bong’s manager is Jerome Duboz.