Space-Set Blockbuster with SONG Joong-ki and KIM Tae-ri to Debut Online
Following rumors that surfaced in October, Netflix has confirmed that it will launch SPACE SWEEPERS globally on its streaming service. From director JO Sung-hee, the film has drawn attention for being Korea’s first ever space-set blockbuster. It stars SONG Joong-ki and KIM Tae-ri.
The film was originally scheduled for release in theaters in summer and later in the Chuseok holidays, but both dates were abandoned owing to fears of a depressed theatrical market during the pandemic. Rather than postpone the film’s release date indefinitely, investor Merry Christmas, which would have distributed the film, opted to launch the film online instead. SPACE SWEEPERS is the year’s most expensive project, costing KRW 24 billion (USD 21.5 million).
This is the third major Korean film to scrap a theatrical release plan and go straight to Netflix. Time to Hunt, one of the early COVID-19 casualties, was the first to pivot earlier this year, and it was joined by the new thriller CALL, which bowed online on Friday last week.
Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the film.
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