Between BTS causing McDonald‘s profits to skyrocket and Grimes collaborating with BLACKPINK‘s Jennie, K-pop is a seemingly unstoppable global phenomenon.
Now, a feature-length film set in the K-pop universe is in the works, with some talented producers on board: Miky Lee, executive producer of Parasite, and producer Lynda Obst of Interstellar.
K-Pop: Lost In America sounds like a spin on a traditional US road trip movie. According to Variety, the flick revolves around a South Korean boy band that mistakenly land in Texas “with only two days left until their global debut in New York. With little money and time, they must make their way to New York to perform on their dream stage.”
The production has tapped director JK Youn to front the project, responsible for two of the all-time biggest Korean movies: disaster action movie Haeundae (2009) and melodrama Ode to My Father (2014).
“We plan to cast K-pop stars in addition to icons in the pop industry to appeal to a global audience,” said Youn.
“K-pop and K-culture have never been more in-demand,” added Lee, who has additional credits on Snowpiercer and The Handmaiden. “We have no doubt that we will be able to showcase a very special movie that will appeal to a global audience and K-pop fans alike.”
Obst described the forthcoming movie as a “passion project,” drawing on her love for all things Korean, especially K-pop.
K-Pop: Lost In America is slated for release in 2023. Can‘t wait until then? Another K-pop-themed movie is in the works, as Sony Pictures Animation recently announced it was working on a musical film called K-Pop: Demon Hunters, about a pack of female K-pop stars who slay evil spirits in between gigs.