After the announcement of its box-office release by the end of 2020, Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum’s highly anticipated sci-fi movie Seobok has decided to cancel its initial December premiere due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country.
CJ Entertainment, co-producer and distributor of Seobok, announced on December 7, “Amid the growing social concerns about the COVID-19 infection, we have decided to postpone the premiere [of Seobok] after thorough consideration to prevent any further spread and avoid casualties. We ask for the generous understanding of all people who have been waiting for the release of Seobok. We will inform you of the new release schedule in the future. We hope that the current COVID-19 conditions will improve as soon as possible.”
The film was originally planned to give the year an entertaining end, but the recent spread of the coronavirus has caused more stringent social distancing protocols to be placed within the city of Seoul. Across the metropolitan area, the disease threat alert level has been raised to Level 2.5, which requires many establishments, including theaters, to close by 9 p.m. KST.
Helmed by director Lee Yong-joo of the movie Architecture 101 (2012), Seobok tells the story of former intelligence agent Ki-hun (Gong Yoo, Kim Ji-young: Born 1982) on the last and most crucial mission of his career. He is tasked to secretly transport Seobok (Park Bo-gum, Coin Locker Girl), mankind’s first successful human clone who also holds the key to immortal life. As people with evil intentions go after Seobok, Ki-hun puts his life on the line to protect him.
Among the confirmed cast members of the film are actors Jo Woo-jin (Collectors), Jang Young-nam (Metamorphosis), and Park Byung-eun (Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage).