Universal Pictures and Gore Verbinski are planning a remake of the 2006 Bong Joon-ho-directed Korean thriller The Host, and has set Fredrik Bond to make his feature directorial debut and Mark Poirier (Smart People) to write the script.

According to Variety, the story follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.

Verbinski will produce with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison, along with Paul Brooks.

The film, originally titled Gwoemul, did record-breaking business in its theatrical run in South Korea.

Bond has directed commercial campaigns for Nike, Adidas and Levi's. He and Verbinski had been looking for a project to do together, and Bond said he embraced the opportunity to mix a larger-than-life monster with a heartfelt family drama.

No production date has been set.