Her role in Park Jin-Pyo's 내 사랑 내 곁에 (Closer to Heaven)
won her the Best Actress prize at this week's Blue Dragon Awards, but Ha Ji-Won's 2009 will mostly be remembered for the success of disaster flick 해운대 (Haeundae)
, and maybe even the controversy surrounding her exclusion from the same Grand Bell Awards Best Actress nominations which included Jang Na-Ra - Ha reacted to the entire ordeal in a predictably professional way, but truth to be told neither deserved the nod. 11 million tickets sold later, director Yoon Je-Gyun and Ha will once again work together for his upcoming SF blockbuster 7광구 (Sector 7)
. Last October we mentioned
that Yoon was preparing a Jumanji
-like adventure film titled 템플 스테이 (Temple Stay)
, one of the few projects he was looking at. Seems like he's going at it like Ryu Seung-Wan as of late, preparing several projects at the same time and then shooting the first which gets funded. In Yoon's case, we're dealing with a SF melodrama, the aforementioned SF adventure, and 8 billion won SF actioner Sector 7
, another Hollywood venture which will indeed star Ha, but only in a supporting role (Hollywood actors will be cast as leads).
The "Sector 7" of the title is an oil platform on which a monster borne out of a virus emerges (sounds familiar?), forcing our protagonists into a frantic fight to save their bacon. Yoon had been preparing for this already during Haeundae'
s planning stages, and confirmed that this is more of a case of Korean companies trying to push their way into the American market rather than a bonafide Hollywood debut. Yoon is writing the script as we speak, and after negotiations with Hollywood producers are complete, the film will start shooting next year.
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