Did you like Parasite? Are you excited for The Batman? What if I told you the director from one and the actor from the other are in talks to work on a new feature film together? How does that sound?
Yes, Parasite director Bong Joon Ho is in talks to write and direct an untitled film based on Edward Ashton’s upcoming novel Mickey7 for Warner Bros. Deadline also reports that The Batman star Robert Pattinson is in talks to lead the project.
Bong will also produce the adaptation for his production company Offscreen alongside Dooho Choi for Kate Street Picture Company and Plan B.
Mickey7 is scheduled to be published in the first quarter of 2022 by St. Martin, a Macmillan imprint. The novel follows Mickey7, an “Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal—the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.”
Sources close to the project say that while the film will be “inspired by the novel,” Bong’s version may end up being a wildly different version. Bong has been loosely attached to the project since the end of 2021 when he was presented the manuscript for the unpublished book by Ashton. He was clearly impressed and began meeting with potential stars before the holiday break. Deadline says “Bong and execs were impressed with Pattinson following his meeting and felt he was perfect for the role, with an offer going out right before the new year.”
This sounds like it has the potential to not only be a great science-fiction film, but one that might garner some serious awards acclaim. We’ll keep you posted on this project as more information is released.
What are your thoughts on Bong and Pattinson working together for their next picture? Do you think Warner Bros. has a hit on its hands? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!