Universal remaking The Host

Gore Verbinski’s producing the creature feature

Universal Pictures has signed newcomer Fredrik Bond to direct and Pirates helmer Gore Verbinski to produce a remake of 2006 Korean thriller The Host.

Fredrik, who has worked on music videos and adverts, will take the helm for the movie, which will follow roughly the same plot of a squid-alike beast terrorising a small town.

Smart People writer Mark Poirier is at work on a script that will find a dysfunctional family banding together to rescue a snatched young girl.

Genre blend

"It processes a few genres together, and visually it feels close to the stuff I've made over the last few years in commercials, the tonality of humour and the scale," Bond tells Variety.

You might wonder why Verbinski wouldn’t take a crack at directing it but A) he’s got a lot on his plate and B) he probably won’t want to go near squid again after Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.


    • NickyC

      Nov 19th 2008, 11:21

      Cool! The Host is a crazy film! Hope this is as entertaining as the original, with some of its own stuff as well. Love the mixture of tragedy and humour, well refreshing.

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    • sleepwalker

      Nov 20th 2008, 11:11

      The opening 10 minutes in this film is amazing. Bet the opening 10 minutes in the remake wont be.

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    • Andy5150

      Nov 21st 2008, 12:06

      I loved the The Host... but isn't Universal Studios missing the point of the film? It's not only a 'monster movie' but also an 'anti-american' film criticising their continued involvement in South-Korean society since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s. I love Korean films... why don't we just release the originals instead of these grotesque hackeneyed remakes. And, more than that, why don't the big studios grow some 'melons' and produce original screenplays to make challenging films rather than the mediocre, corperate dross which is constantly produced??? WHY... UNIVERSAL, WHY???!!?? ART NOT PRODUCT MY FRIEND...ART!!!!! Errrr, sorry 'bout that... rant over, cheers... much love. xx

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