UPDATE: CJ Entertainment, the producer of Snowpiercer, has confirmed that the film will be released in June, though according to them a date hasn't been finalized.
It's been a long and winding road but Bong Joon Ho's eagerly anticipated Snowpiercer has finally secured a North American release date courtesy of US distributor The Weinstein Company. The film will receive a limited release beginning June 27th (the same day as the new Transformers film) through TWC's Radius label, which would indicate that a day and date VOD release is also on the cards.
Following a long standoff Bong was able to retain the final cut of his film (which has already been released in Asian markets and France in its intended form). The compromise was that the film's release was downscaled.
was a big hit in its native Korea, with over 9 million admissions, and has been very well received by critics. It's no secret that ScreenAnarchy has been a big supporter of the film with three of us voting it as the best film of 2013
. The film is also going on release in China on March 21st. Dates for the UK and other English language territories have yet to be announced but should follow in short order.
It's great that more people will get a chance to see the film, not to mention in its original form, but the delay has been long. The initial plan was for the film to platform internationally last August.
Snowpiercer takes place in an ice age in the near future where a train houses the last remnants of the human race. The film stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Ko A-sung, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer.
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