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Emma Stone, who just won a BAFTA for her performance in “Poor Things” and is nominated for an Oscar, is in talks to reunite with Yorgos Lanthimos in his remake of the South Korean fantasy comedy “Save the Green Planet.”
The project, which is expected to begin filming in the summer in the United Kingdom and New York, has been in the works for several years. Jang Joon-hwan, who directed the original South Korean film, was previously attached to direct the English-language remake, based on a script by Will Tracy, whose credits include HBO’s “Succession” and Searchlight’s “The Menu.”
An eccentric black comedy, the story of “Save the Green Planet” revolves around a disillusioned young man who captures and tortures a businessman he believes is part of an alien invasion. A battle of wits ensues between the captor, his devoted girlfriend, the businessman, and a private detective.
Stone most likely played a supporting role. The project would mark Lanthimos and Stone’s sixth collaboration. The couple first worked together on “The Favorite” and will next have “Kinds of Kindness,” an anthology film that also stars Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley. “Kinds of Kindness” is scheduled to be released later this year and could have its world premiere at Cannes. “Poor Things” is nominated for 11 Oscars, including best film, director, actress and supporting actor, among others.
The remake project also reunites Lanthimos with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe at Element Pictures for the sixth time. The company will produce the film alongside Ari Aster’s Square Peg and CJ ENM (formerly CJ Entertainment).
“Green Planet” became a cult hit and festival favorite for CJ Entertainment when it came out in 2003. It won awards at fantasy festivals, including Bucheon, Buenos Aires and Brussels, and in markets such as Rotterdam, Tokyo Filmex and Moscow . It also earned Jang the Golden Bell Award for Best New Director in Korea.