“Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook will helm the film adaptation of “Genocidal Organ,” Japanese science fiction writer Project Itoh’s critically acclaimed novel, TrackingBoard reports.
Itoh’s novel follows intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd as he tracks down the mysterious American John Paul, who seems to be behind the creation of homemade nuclear devices. Because of these do-it-yourself weapons of mass destruction, the war on terror has devolved into a series of genocides and civilization is on the brink of collapse. In order to put an end to it, Shepherd must find Paul and his true heart of darkness: the genocidal organ.
Originally published in 2007 and re-released in English in 2012, “Genocidal Organ” has since gathered critical acclaim and was named “Best SF of 2007” in a SF Magazine poll. Before going bankrupt, Manglobe had an anime based on the novel in the works, but the project was shelved when the company went under. Geno Studio has since picked the project up, with plans to complete it by the end of 2016.
Chan-wook is known for his “Vengeance Trilogy,” which includes “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Oldboy” and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” as well as his English-language film “Stoker.”
Sean Daniel’s The Sean Daniel Company will produce.