A couple weeks ago the news floated up that the inevitable sequel to The Host would actually be a prequel. Without any more details, it was an empty news item; after all, the original film had a prologue that explained, in more or less all the detail required, the monster’s origin.
But what the hell do I know about required detail? A press release from the sequel’s production office has made it’s way to the web via SciFi Japan, and it has some info about what we’ll see when The Host 2 eventually hits.
THE HOST 2 will take place in Cheonggyecheon (or Cheonggye Stream), a creek
running through the downtown of Seoul that leads to the Han River.
Cheonggyecheon was covered with concrete between the 1950s and 70s to build a
road, but restored in 2005.
The story is set in 2003 when the restoration was at an early stage.
Principal characters, such as street vendors, demolition contractors, and
policemen are involved with the disorder and conflict caused by the
restoration— one of which is, or course, the monsters from underground.
Comic artist and bearer of amazing name Kang Full spent six months on the script, which was submitted last month. He also created the early production sketch seen above.
"I wanted to maintain the grace of the original film and to overcome the
difficulties and limitations a sequel could have. And I wish to show
more action with multiple monsters," he says. Multiple monsters, especially ones as well designed and rendered as the original, is something we can all get behind.
Hit SciFi Japan for more details on the project, including some speculation as to the film’s potential socio-political bent.