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WIRE Buzz: Train to Busan director wants another sequel; AMC Theaters sell out; Fortnite meets Marvel
Peninsula, the long-awaited sequel to 2016's Train to Busan, finally arrives in U.S. theaters today, but writer-director Yeon Sang-ho is already looking toward the undead future. Chatting with Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker talked about his desire for another sequel in the franchise.
"Through Peninsula, I think the world of Train to Busan has been extended, and I think there are many other survivors who live on the peninsula," he said. "I would like to work on telling the stories of those people. I may not be directing the movie myself, but I would like to start working on a new movie within this framework."
Sounds like a Walking Dead-esque cinematic series from Korea could be in the cards. During an interview with SYFY WIRE, Sang-ho said he wasn't worried about the genre becoming overtired.
"I think the zombie genre is [about] combining with new genres and continuously evolving," he explained. "I definitely wanted to make Peninsula a different genre compared to Train to Busan. Peninsula has more action scenes and it was created with the intent of meeting a wider audience."
The film, which the director co-wrote with Park Joo-Suk, will exclusively debut on Shudder in 2021.
After months of shutdown, U.S. movie theaters are reopening this weekend, and fans of taking in some cinema on the big screen are reportedly turning out in socially distanced droves.
Speaking with Fox Business, AMC CEO Adam Aaron said that many locations "sold out" as the exhibitor chain restarted business yesterday with a special 15-cent promotion to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. Of course, seating is limited to ensure social distancing, so a theater can sell out of tickets more quickly than when it's trying to fill every seat in an auditorium. Nevertheless, the public's apparent desire to enjoy a communal movie experience is a positive sign that the industry may not be as obsolete as some think it is.
"We've been waiting for this for five months, and we've spent so much time and effort to make sure that we get opened safely, cleanly, responsibly," Aron said. "Everybody's wearing masks. Social distancing is very important. We set up plexiglass shields."
With AMC utilizing electrostatic sprayers and HEPA air filters, Aaron later claimed that a person could eat off a theater floor if they were so inclined. We'd advise against that, though. Right now, reopened locations are playing previous releases like Black Panther, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future. Fresh content, like Disney's The New Mutants and Warner Bros.' Tenet, are scheduled to arrive in theaters over the next few weeks.
Per Forbes, the news first leaked out of the Korean eshop, so Epic Games decided to formally tease the announcement on Twitter. Marvel has partnered with the title in the past in order to promote Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Even Deadpool (formerly a Fox property, Wade Wilson is now owned by Disney) received a special skin last season.
Judging by the lightning emoji and blue electricity coursing through the Fortnite logo in the tweet above, it's probably safe to assume that Thor will be involved with the new chapter. HYPEX (a "Fortnite leaker" who has 1 million followers on Twitter) seemed to confirm this in a separate tweet that lists the alleged features.
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