When you're putting together a list of today's best working filmmakers, Park Chan-wook better be on there. He's an artist with a singular vision, compiling his personal perversions and obsessions into beautiful works of pop art that are breathtaking to behold.
Park Chan-wook's last movie - the dizzying erotic melodrama The Handmaiden - ranks among his very best. Now, the South Korean auteur is jumping on the Prestige TV train, adapting John le Carré'sThe Little Drummer Girl for the BBC/AMC (depending on which side of the pond you reside). Starring Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), the six-hour mini-series follows an aspiring actress who's lured into a world of terrorism and espionage.
The official synopsis reads as such:
On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie (Pugh) wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England's bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals - but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as double agent in the "theatre of the real."
All in. 100%. Not only does this sound right up Chan-wook's sensuous alley, there's room for the master filmmaker to explore some rather complex politics via pulp fiction, as well. Production is set for early 2018, so one assumes we'll see this rather exciting work either this time next year/early 2019.