SEOUL -- DreamWorks Animation is currently developing an untitled feature based on Korean historical or mythological characters, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed Friday local time in Seoul.
He revealed little more about the project but described DreamWorks Animation as "a company that specializes in technology as well as storytelling," and said that the firm is looking to diversify into TV and expand more in the field of Netflix and Youtube.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Kung Fu Panda 3," where they held pitching meetings with Korean animation students ahead of Katzenberg's public discussion with Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director of English-language sci-fi fantasy "Snowpiercer."
Katzenberg described himself as a fan of Bong, and said that he had held a personal film festival of Bong's films last week in preparation of the forum. He said that he admires Bong for his "tenacity and persistence," and could only imagine the level of opposition Bong must have faced while making "Mother," Bong's 2009 film about a mother who defends her son against murder charges.
Katzenberg said that he has strong ties with Korea, notably with CJ Entertainment, which was a founder investor in the original DreamWorks nearly two decades ago. "Nineteen years ago when Spielberg and I started DreamWorks, Miky Lee, CEO of CJ Entertainment, was someone who believed in our grand goals. Dreamworks would not have existed if it weren't for Miky," he said.
Though DreamWorks has since evolved, connections remain. Katzenberg revealed that a considerable amount of production work for DreamWorks' TV series, "Turbo: F.A.S.T" is being done in Korea. He also pointed to CJ Entertainment's children's animation film "Pororo," pointing to its high quality work and international sales success.
Neither DreamWorks or DreamWorks Animation have production facilities in Korea, but through a joint venture Oriental DreamWorks is currently building a major facility in Shanghai, China.
The discussion with Bong ranged from the cute -- Bong repeatedly referred to Katzenberg as "Uncle Jeffrey" - to the racy. Bong questioned Katzenberg about the casting of Woody Allen in "Antz," and asked whether there were protests due to Allen's association with sex addiction issues. The flustered moderator asked the two men to tone things down, but Katzenberg's riposte, asking "do they have sex in Korea?," drew loud applause from the Korean audience.
Katzenberg: DreamWorks Animation Eyeing Korean Project
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