Steven Yeun to Adapt, Star in ‘Aquariums of Pyongyang’
Expect to see more of The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun in feature films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he has partnered with Radar Pictures to adapt Kang Chol-Hwan’s autobiography Aquariums of Pyongyang into a feature film. Yeun is attached to executive produce and to star.
Chol-Hwan, the first survivor of Communist North Korea’s “re-education” concentration camps, documented his experiences in the extreme conditions as well as his escape. Aquariums of Pyongyang details Chol-Hwan’s ten years in the Yodok concentration camp #2915 as he and his family viewed and suffered disease, starvation, torture and public execution. Chol-Hwan eventually escaped to China, attempting to seek asylum, then to South Korea. The book is one of the first published accounts of life inside the North Korean prison system.
The project is the latest in a series of announcements for Yeun, who has a role in July’s I Origins, as well as the recent revelation that he’ll voice the lead role in the animated adaptation of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew.