Upcoming crime-thriller Bogotá, which features lead actor Song Joong-ki (The Battleship Island), is planning to resume filming this summer.
The production team denies previous emerging reports that they had decided to stop shooting scenes inside a filming studio in Korea and started cutting down their staff, just enough to maintain contact with the Colombian crew. The reports claimed that these are due to concerns of being unable to complete filming within the year if the current situation does not allow them to resume filming overseas by June.
Planning and decision-making have allegedly turned more difficult as the need to consider various practicalities and precautionary measures continued to arise. These include monitoring the health conditions of Colombian actors, practicing social distancing protocols, and the challenge of predicting the behavioral patterns of COVID-19 cases in the country.
In an official statement, the team responded, “The reports that filming in Korea has fallen through and that the staff has been cut down are not true. We are currently planning to gradually resume filming this summer both here and abroad as soon as the conditions would already permit.”
The movie, which has a budget of about 15 billion won (approximately 12.3 million USD), has originally planned to have 90% of its production in Colombia beginning January. However, after only finishing around 50%, they have decided to halt it later in March as a safety precaution for the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
Other cast members and crew including actors Ryoo Seung-bum (Tazza: One Eyed Jack), Jo Hyun-chul (Film Adventure), and Lee Hee-joon (The Man Standing Next) were flown from Colombia to South Korea. This was to follow the former’s order to close its land and sea borders as well as restrict inbound air travels on March 16 as an attempt to stem the virus. Upon arrival, all of them were advised to immediately undergo a 14-day self-quarantine despite showing no signs of illness.
Bogotá tells the stories of young men in their 30s who left South Korea in the late 1990s and are settling in a traditional market in Bogotá, capital city of the South American country Colombia. It is helmed by screenwriter and director Kim Sung-je whose works include the 2015 film The Unfair (also known as Minority Opinion). The film was initially set to premiere in December 2020.
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