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  • Netflix Picks Up Korean Disaster Drama PANDORA
  • by Pierce Conran /  Nov 10, 2016
  • N.E.W. Unleashes New Blockbuster in Wake of TRAIN TO BUSAN
     

    A Korean film has been pre-sold to online streaming and content giant Netflix for the first time, with their pre-release acquisition of upcoming Korean disaster drama Pandora from Korean studio Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.).

    Netflix, which is also the financier of BONG Joon-ho’s upcoming English and Korean language film Okja, will distribute the film simultaneously on its online platform in 190 countries, save for Korea. Locally, the film will be distributed theatrically in December before finding its way to the online service at a later date.

    From director PARK Jung-woo, who previously made the 2012 hit Deranged, another disaster drama, the film features KIM Nam-gil (The Pirates, 2014), KIM Myung-min (Deranged), KIM Young-ae (The Attorney, 2013) and more in a tale of a town that has to deal with the aftermath of an earthquake which damages a local nuclear power plant.

    N.E.W. is currently basing in the success of their zombie blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN, which has generated well over USD 100 million in box office receipts around the world and is still going strong. 

    Mentioning their excitement to bring high-quality Korean titles to members worldwide, Netflix VP of content acquisition Rob Roy stated that “Netflix is committed to bringing the best of global entertainment to the world and in an era where the internet knows no bounds, this is another step towards delivering great stories to fans no matter where they live.”

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