The movie 'Seo Bok', starring Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum, won't be released within this year due to the spread of COVID-19.
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According to movie industry officials on December 7, CJ Entertainment has decided to postpone the release of 'Seo Bok' from December to next year after a final meeting earlier in the day.
'Seo Bok' is a movie about the first cloned human Seobok (played by Park Bo Gum) and his guardian (played by Gong Yoo). Director Lee Yong Joo of 'Living Death' and 'Architecture 101' helms the film, while Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum worked together for it, raising fans' expectations.
CJ Entertainment originally planned to release 'Seo Bok' in South Korea on December 2, but temporarily postponed it to December 23 after the social distance control was raised to level 1.5 in the Seoul metropolitan area on November 17. However, 'Seo Bok' has been postponed again until next year.
CJ Entertainment decided to give up the release of 'Seo Bok' within the year as the social distance in the capital and the Seoul metropolitan area was upgraded to level 2.5 on December 6 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Although CJ Entertainment tried to stick to its original release date in December, the company concluded that the postponement of the movie's release within this year is inevitable as social distance has been upgraded to 2.5 levels, allowing less than 50 people in movie theaters and suspending their operations after 9 PM KST.