Emma Stone & Yorgos Lanthimos Will Next Film Bugonia After Kinds of Kindness

May 20, 2024 - Movies


  • Director Yorgos Lanthimos reunites with stars Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons for the upcoming drama,
    , expanding his creative relationship with the Oscar-winning star of his films
    Poor Things
    The Favourite
  • Bugonia
    is based on a South Korean sci-fi comedy and follows two conspiracy-obsessed men who kidnap a high-powered CEO they believe is an alien.
  • Stone and Lanthimos have a successful history of collaboration, with their latest film,
    Kinds of Kindness
    , receiving critical acclaim after premiering at Cannes on May 17.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos will reunite with his Kinds of Kindness stars Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons for the upcoming drama, Bugonia. The Focus Features project expands the creative relationship between Lanthimos and Stone, adding to their previous joint efforts: The Favourite, the short film Bleat, Kinds of Kindness, and Poor Things. Stone earned the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Bella Baxter in the latter; the film earned an additional three Oscars. She was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Favourite.

Bugonia is based on the 2003 South Korean sci-fi film Save the Green Planet! It follows two conspiracy-obsessed young men who kidnap the high-powered CEO of a major company, convinced that she is an alien intent on destroying planet Earth.

Bugonia was developed for English adaptation by Ari Aster (Beau is Afraid) and Lars Knudsen under Square Peg, their production banner. The two will produce alongside Lanthimos, Element Pictures, Jerry Kyoungboum Ko of CJ ENM, and Stone via her Fruit Tree banner with her husband. The script is written by Emmy Award winner Will Tracy, whose notable credits include The Menu, Succession, Regime, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.


Kinds of Kindness (2024)


Kinds of Kindness is a 2024 comedy-drama film by writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos. Split across segments, Kinds of Kindness tells the stories of a man trying to reclaim his destiny, a police officer whose wife returns after being lost at sea only to seem like a different person, and a woman tasked with finding a future spiritual leader.

Release Date
June 21, 2024

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In a statement (via Variety), Focus Features’ Peter Kujawski shared:

“Yorgos Lanthimos is a cinematic visionary with a singular style that has captivated audiences worldwide. We could not be more excited to partner with him, Emma and the incredible teams at Element, Square Peg and CJ ENM to reimagine this twisted and darkly funny story.”

Kyoungboum Ko added:

“I am thrilled to introduce the intriguing story rooted in Korean cinema’s hidden gem, in collaboration with the ideal team of talent and producers, alongside the reliable studio.
I expect that Yorgos will ignite a dynamic chemical fusion with his unique style and the novelty of the narrative


Fans of Poor Things Should Revisit Yorgos Lanthimos’ Previous Film

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-winning 2018 masterwork arguably remains his best.

Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s Latest Collaboration

While production for Bugonia has yet to commence, Lanthimos and Stone’s latest collaboration, Kinds of Kindness, will land in theaters this summer. The absurdist anthology film, which includes three interconnected stories about people searching for meaning and purpose in their lives, premiered on Friday, May 17, at the Cannes Film Festival. It follows a man who seeks to break free from his predetermined path, a cop who questions his wife’s demeanor after her return from a supposed drowning, and a woman who searches for an extraordinary individual prophesied to become a renowned spiritual guide.

The film has been well-received by critics (it currently holds a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and MovieWeb’s Richard Fink called it “excellent” and compared it to Magnolia) and received a six-minute standing ovation at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during its Cannes premiere.

Stone and Yanthimos have been vocal about their appreciation for working together. During an interview with Dazed while promoting Poor Things, the two shared they’d work on anything together. During the Kinds of Kindness press conference at Cannes, Stone spoke highly of Lanthimos, saying she trusts him “beyond the trust I’ve ever had for any director.”

Lanthimos is a celebrated auteur known for his dark and absurdist films. In addition to his Stone collaborations, his credits include acclaimed works like Dogtooth, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and the Oscar-nominated The Lobster.

Stone will also reunite with her The Curse co-star Nathan Fielder for Checkmate, a chess-centered drama based on the true story of the controversial match between Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann. Fielder will direct the film under A24’s banner, with Stone producing. Casting remains under wraps.

Kinds of Kindness
is set for release on June 21, 2024.

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