Universal Pictures and Gore Verbinski will remake the 2006 Bong Joon-ho-directed Korean thriller The Host, with commercials director Fredrik Bond making his feature helming debut and Mark Poirier (Smart People) to write the script.
The story follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.
Verbinski will produce with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison, along with Paul Brooks.
The film, originally titled Gwoemul, did record-breaking business in its theatrical run in South Korea.